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After Auguste Rodin Bronze Sculpture of the Age of Bronze Male Nude Figure

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In the late 1970s, Nelson Rockefeller decided to create a line of reproductions that were marketed through catalogs in Neiman Marcus and Art Galleries. "The Nelson Rockefeller Collection" was a collection of important high quality furniture, art and objects created from the originals Rockefeller himself owned. Rockefeller's purpose for creating these reproductions "was for others to share the enjoyment of living with beautiful things." This piece is signed with the artist initials A. Rodin as well as the Nelson Rockefeller Mark 1979 #36 (it was a limited edition of 150 pieces). It comes with laminated black stand which is 26" x 12" x 12". Description from the Catalog: Age of Bronze by Auguste Rodin (1840 - 1917). The original of the powerful bronze figure was the artist's first major work, cast in 1876. Limited edition of 150 individually numbered pieces. 41 1/2" tall, (wt. 80lbs.) Description from the Musee Rodin of the Original: The age of bronze Auguste Rodin (1840 -1917) 1877 Bronze Measures: H 180.5 cm ; W 68.5 cm; D 54.5 cm S.986 Cast made by Fonderie Alexis Rudier before 1916. Made in Brussels, this figure, one of Rodin’s most famous works, attests to the sculptor’s masterly skill and his attention to living nature that informs the pose and the modelling.A young Belgian soldier, Auguste Ney,was the model for this statue devoid of any element that would shed light on the subject’s identity. The untitled work was exhibited at the Cercle Artistique, Brussels, in 1877, then, entitled The Age of Bronze, at the Salon in Paris, where it caused a scandal. Also known as The Awakening Man or The Vanquished One, the statue recalls one of the early ages of mankind. There was originally a spear in the left hand, as is shown in a photograph by Gaudenzio Marconi , but Rodin decided to suppress the weapon so as to free the arm of any attribute and infuse the gesture with a new liberality. Accused of having used a life cast of his sitter, when the statue was shown in Paris, Rodin had to prove that the quality of his sculpture’s modelling came from a thorough study of profiles, not from a life cast. His critics eventually recognized that the sculptor was innocent of any trickery. The scandal, however, did draw attention to Rodin and earned him the commission for The Gates of Hell in 1880.


  • Similar to
    Auguste Rodin, 1840-1917 (Sculptor)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 41.5 in. (105.41 cm)Width: 15 in. (38.1 cm)Depth: 11.25 in. (28.58 cm)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. The bronze is in excellent condition. The stand if you want it has dings in the laminate.
  • Seller Location
    Miami Beach, FL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1946319901372

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    Ships From: Miami Beach, FL
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