Foundry mark back of base to left: ALEXIS RUDIER/Fondeur. PARIS
Auguste Rodin, French, 1840 - 1917. Cast by the foundry Alexis Rudier, Paris, 1874 - 1952.
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Rodin originally conceived this figure for The Gates of Hell. In 1889 he exhibited it as an independent sculpture, entitled The Thinker; The Poet, Fragment of a Door. The work was subsequently cast in bronze in three different sizes, including this one of the original, or medium, size.
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