Realism, Fragments, and Abstraction
May 20 through July 08, 2018
On view in the Young Gallery
The Gates of Hell (1880–1917) and Burghers of Calais (1884–1889) are two of the most important works by Auguste Rodin (French, 1840–1917). During his long and productive life, the innovative and influential sculptor shocked contemporary artists and the general public with his personal style of realism and figural abstraction epitomized by these sculptures. A small-scale maquette, or model, of the Gates of Hell and a full-size bronze cast of the Three Shades (38 inches high) from that project will be shown, as well as a monumental bronze figure from the Burghers of Calais and a full-scale bronze head of another burgher.
These works represent some of Rodin’s best-known art, and they are notable for their strong, emotional content and their scintillating, impressionistic surfaces. They also illustrate his unconventional preference for realism rather than idealism in public monuments, his unprecedented reuse of sculptural elements in new compositions, and his radical practice of fragmenting figures for artistic effect.
The Three Shades, The Gates of Hell, Third Maquette, and Jean de Finnes are loaned by Iris Cantor. All of the bronzes are authorized posthumous casts.
Organized by the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama.
Photographs from the Musée Rodin, Paris (In the order they appear above)
Anonymous, L’Ombre et al Cariatide à la pierre (plâtre), silver gelatin print, From the Collection of the Musée Rodin, Paris, Ph.06721
Victor Pannelier (French, 1840–after 1917), Jean d’Aire dans l’atelier (terre), n.d., print on white paper, From the Collection of the Musée Rodin, Paris, Ph.00324
Jean-François Limet (French, 1855–1941), Monument des Bourgeois de Calais (plâtre), 1889, in plaster, c. 1908, gum bichromate, From the Collection of the Musée Rodin, Paris, Ph.00326
Jean-François Limet (French, 1855–1941), Monument des Bourgeois de Calais (plâtre), 1889, in plaster, c. 1908, gum bichromate, From the Collection of the Musée Rodin, Paris, Ph.00329
Auguste Rodin (French, 1840-1917), Jean de Fiennes (Clothed), modeled 1885-1886, Musée Rodin cast 2/8 in 1981, bronze, 82 x 48 x 38 inches. Lent by Iris Cantor
Auguste Rodin (French, 1840-1917), Head of Jean d’Aire (Tete de Jean d’Aire), created 1890, recast 1965, bronze, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Association Purchase, 1975.11
Auguste Rodin (French, 1840–1917), The Three Shades, originally modeled 1880–1904, Lent by Iris Cantor