In 1889 Rodin received a commission to produce a monument honoring the writer Victor Hugo (French, 1802–1885) for Paris’s Panthéon, a mausoleum for distinguished citizens of France. This bronze represents the artist’s second attempt. He portrays the standing poet crowned by a muse while allegorical figures encircle the tall pillar-like pedestal.
The French government eventually abandoned the project, but the assignment led Rodin to another work, the colossal Monument to Victor Hugo. You can see a version of the latter in the Perelman Building of the Philadelphia Museum of Art....
Rodin Museum, Northeast Gallery
|Titles:||Apotheosis of Victor Hugo|
|Date:||Modeled 1890-1891; cast 1926|
|Artists:||Auguste Rodin, French, 1840 - 1917. Cast by the founder Alexis Rudier, Paris, 1874 - 1952|
|Dimensions:||44 x 20 1/4 x 24 inches (111.8 x 51.4 x 61 cm)|
|Credit Line:||Bequest of Jules E. Mastbaum, 1929|
|Geography:||Made in France, Europe|