Skip to main content

Rodin Museum

The Clenched Hand

Modeled c. 1885; cast 1925
Auguste Rodin (French, 1840–1917) Cast by the founder Alexis Rudier, Paris (1874–1952)

Rodin almost obsessively explored the expressive power of hands, using them to convey an infinite variety of emotion—fury, anguish, fatigue—and as a metaphor for creation. It is thought that he conceived The Clenched Hand and The Left Hand as studies for The Burghers of Calais, but probably rejected the hands as being too animated.

Object Details

We are always open to learning more about our collections and updating the website. Does this record contain inaccurate information or language that you feel we should improve or change? Contact us here.

Please note that this particular artwork might not be on view when you visit. Don’t worry—we have plenty of exhibitions for you to explore.

Rodin Museum