The Left Hand
Signed front of base to right: A Rodin Foundry mark back of base to left: Alexis Rudier Fondeur ParisMade in France, Europe
Modeled c.1885; cast 1925
Auguste Rodin, French, 1840 - 1917. Cast by the founder Alexis Rudier, Paris, 1874 - 1952.
* Rodin Museum, East Gallery
F1929-7-32Bequest of Jules E. Mastbaum, 1929
LabelRodin 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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