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    Pierre de Wiessant, Monumental Nude (Pierre de Wissant, nu monumental)

    In the wake of its humiliating defeat at the hands of Prussia in 1870, the French Third Republic sought to reinvigorate notions of heroism and citizenship. To this end, in 1884 the city council of Calais commissioned Rodin to create a monument to Eustache de Saint-Pierre. In 1347, while Calais was under siege by the English, Eustache and five other important citizens of the town had offered themselves as hostages, pleading for mercy for their long-suffering city.

    In his first maquette of 1884, Rodin proposed a conventional monument, with his figures united as a group on a tall pedestal. By the following year, however, the six figures were placed on a low rectangular plinth, at the same level as the viewer. As Rodin later wrote: "I wanted to have my statues placed in front of the Calais city hall on the very paving of the square like a living rosary of suffering and sacrifice."

    Rodin first made nude figure studies, which he then draped in wet canvas to model the sackcloth worn by the burghers when they surrendered. To create the expressive figures possible, he used the radical technique of combining studies of hands and feet from different figures. Creating the very antithesis of conventional heroic sculpture, Rodin here set out the terms of a modern, anti-monumental tradition that resonates to this day.

    • Artists: Auguste Rodin, French, 1840-1917; Fonderie de Coubertin, Saint-Rémy-les-Chevreuses
    • Medium: Bronze
    • Place Made: France
    • Dates: 1886, cast 1983
    • Dimensions: 78 1/4 x 44 3/4 x 36 1/2 in. (198.8 x 113.7 x 92.7 cm)  (show scale)
    • Markings: Back of base, lower edge: "F*C" Back, lower edge: "© by Musée Rodin 1983"
    • Signature: Base, proper left: "A. Rodin"
    • Inscriptions: Base, proper left: "No I/IV"
    • Collections:European Art
    • Museum Location: This item is not on view
    • Accession Number: 86.310
    • State: I/IV/12
    • Credit Line: Gift of the B. Gerald Cantor Collection
    • Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
    • Caption: Auguste Rodin (French, 1840-1917). Pierre de Wiessant, Monumental Nude (Pierre de Wissant, nu monumental), 1886, cast 1983. Bronze, 78 1/4 x 44 3/4 x 36 1/2 in. (198.8 x 113.7 x 92.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the B. Gerald Cantor Collection, 86.310. Creative Commons-BY
    • Image: overall, 86.310_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
    • Record Completeness: Best (87%)
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