Auguste Rodin, 'Study Of A Clenched Hand'

Auguste Rodin, 'Study Of A Clenched Hand'

Auguste Rodin (1840-1917)
'Study Of A Clenched Hand'
From a model of about 1884-5
Cast in bronze about 1952
Height 12.15 cm
Inscribed 'A. Rodin' on the wrist and near the base on the other side by the founder 'G. Rudier. Fondeur. Paris'
Museum no. A.22-1971
Given by Dr Neville Goodman CB

This may date from the time when Rodin was working on the monument to The Burghers of Calais, though it is not directly related to any hand in the group. It is very small and probably corresponds to Rodin's original study.

The cast was made by Georges Rudier, the nephew of the founder Alexis Rudier, who set up his own foundry in 1952 and cast posthumous versions of Rodin's models on the authority of the Musée Rodin. The editions were to be limited to twelve where no previous casts had been made in Rodin's lifetime. The V&A's cast, ordered by the Musée Rodin in 1952 or early 1953, is unnumbered as others were already in existence.