Auguste Rodin, Portrait of his wife Rose Beuret

Auguste Rodin,
Portrait of his wife Rose Beuret

Auguste Rodin, Portrait of his wife Rose Beuret
Bronze, cm. 26x16x16 cm, Inv. n. 519, [1908],

This bronze portrays the face of a woman with her eyes closed and short hair. The modelling includes only the face and the sides of her head, almost in the shape of a mask.

This is an excellent example of the portraitism of Rodin, playing on the ambivalence between “finished” and “unfinished” (the latter being somewhere between the Michelangelesque and Impressionistic echoes): the person, more than being portrayed in a classic sense of the term, is captured in a moment of existential suspension, brimming with an interior energy indifferent to every detail.

This work reached Faenza, together with the other sculpture, for the Esposizione Torricelliana in 1908, thanks to the interest of critic Ricciotto Canudo. The two works came with a letter signed by the artist that authorised G. Ballardini to keep them and in 1924 they were delivered to the Pinacoteca.

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