Signed left shoulder and inside in relief: A. Rodin Foundry mark rear of base to left: Alexis. Rudier./Fondeur Paris
Auguste Rodin, French, 1840 - 1917. Cast by the founder Alexis Rudier, Paris, 1874 - 1952.
In 1864 Rodin met Rose Beuret (French, 1844–1917), a seamstress who became his studio helper, the mother of his son Auguste-Eugène, and his lifelong companion—despite the artist’s inability to remain faithful to her. The enigmatic title of this portrait may refer to an 1866 opera of the same name by composer Ambroise Thomas (French, 1811–1896), which featured a spirited, jealous lover.
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