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Apotheosis of Victor Hugo

Auguste Rodin, French, 1840 - 1917. Cast by the founder Alexis Rudier, Paris, 1874 - 1952.

Made in France, Europe

Modeled 1890-1891; cast 1926


44 x 20 1/4 x 24 inches (111.8 x 51.4 x 61 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Rodin Museum

* Rodin Museum, Northeast Gallery

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Credit Line:
Bequest of Jules E. Mastbaum, 1929

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In 1889 Rodin was commissioned to produce a monument to honor the writer Victor Hugo (French, 1802–1885) for the Panthéon in Paris. This bronze represents the artist’s second attempt, which portrays the standing poet crowned by a muse while allegorical figures encircle him below. The project was eventually abandoned but led to a separate work, Rodin’s colossal Monument to Victor Hugo (a version of which is in the Perelman Building of the Philadelphia Museum of Art).

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