Auguste (René) Rodin (French, 1840–1917)
Object Place: Europe, France
H: 17 11/16 in; W: 14 1/8 in; D: 13 3/8 in
Medium or Technique
Not On View
This image developed out of Rodin’s work on the bronze doors known as the Gates of Hell, particularly his exploration of ideas for the figures of the damned. He often reworked or reused figures to achieve new expressive goals. Here, the tight posture and the weight of the stone on the figure’s neck convey physical, spiritual, and emotional burdens almost too heavy to bear.
Samuel Isham (b. 1855 - d. 1914), Paris and New York; 1914, the estate of Samuel Isham; 1917, gift of Julia Isham (Mrs. Henry Osborn Taylor), executrix of the estate, to the MFA. (Accession date: October 4, 1917)
From the Estate of Samuel Isham, N.A. Gift of Julia Isham (Mrs. Henry Osborn Taylor), Executrix