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The Left Hand

Signed front of base to right: A Rodin Foundry mark back of base to left: Alexis Rudier Fondeur Paris

Auguste Rodin, French, 1840 - 1917. Cast by the founder Alexis Rudier, Paris, 1874 - 1952.

Geography:
Made in France, Europe

Date:
Modeled c. 1885; cast 1925

Medium:
Bronze

Dimensions:
18 x 10 5/8 x 6 1/2 inches (45.7 x 27 x 16.5 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Rodin Museum

Object Location:

* Rodin Museum, East Gallery

Accession Number:
F1929-7-32

Credit Line:
Bequest of Jules E. Mastbaum, 1929

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Label:
Rodin explored the expressive power of hands almost obsessively, using them to convey an infinite variety of emotions—fury, anguish, fatigue—and as metaphors for creation. It is thought that he conceived The Left Hand as a study for The Burghers of Calais (Philadelphia Museum of Art, F1929-7-129) but probably rejected the hands as being too fiercely animated.


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