This work represents one of Rodin’s last studies for Balzac’s head. The deep hollow of the eyes is accentuated by a bulbous, beaklike nose. (Balzac reputedly told another sculptor, "Be careful of my nose; my nose is a world.") In Rodin’s hands, the head became not so much a physical portrait of the great writer as a rendering of the location from which his art and genius arose....
Rodin Museum, Northwest Gallery
|Titles:||Colossal Head of Balzac|
|Date:||Modeled 1898; cast 1925|
|Artists:||Auguste Rodin, French, 1840 - 1917. Cast by the founder Alexis Rudier, Paris, 1874 - 1952|
|Dimensions:||20 x 16 1/2 x 15 1/4 inches (50.8 x 41.9 x 38.7 cm)|
|Credit Line:||Bequest of Jules E. Mastbaum, 1929|
|Geography:||Made in France, Europe|
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