Auguste RODIN (1840 – 1917 )

Victor Hugo, Bust to “the illustrious Master”

Melted in 1916
Bronze with nuanced black patina
Signed " A.Rodin" in the neck on the right side
Stamp of the founder "Alexis Rudier/Fondeur Paris" on the back of the base
"A.Rodin" stamp embossed on the inside

H: 38,5 x L:16,2 x l:17,3 cm

-Musée Rodin Paris, acting in the name of Auguste Rodin, November 1916 - Private Collection, France -Public sale, Paris, Etude Tajan, 24th june 1998, lot 4 - Private Collection, France

Estimate : 80.000/120.000 €

Hammer Price : 82.000 €

Related literature :-Antoinette Le Normand Romain, Rodin et le bronze, catalogue des œuvres conservées au Musée Rodin, tome II, RMN, Paris 2007. Modèle répertorié page 432.

Related artwork :

Victor Hugo, buste dit « A l’Illustre Maître », with modeled base, 1883 ; 48,5 x 29 x 30,5 cm,  Rodin gift  to Hugo, acquired by the Musée Rodin from Marguerite Hugo, grandchild of the model in 1928, Musée Rodin, Paris, N°inv. S.36.

The publication of the Auguste Rodin’s sculptures  Critical Catalog actually in progress  by the gallery Brame and Lorenceau supervised by Jérôme Le Blay (N 2017-56 53B), will include this work authenticated by the Committee Rodin. Antoinette Le Norman-Romain listed the model of this bronze (page 432) in Rodin and the bronze, catalog of the works preserved to the Musée Rodin (Tome II, Paris RMN on 2007).

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