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Head of a Woman with a Chignon (Tête de Femme au chignon)

European Art

The specificity of the features on this tiny but compelling head indicates that Rodin may have been working after a particular model. A head with the same low forehead, deep eye sockets, and fleshy nose and lips appears near the top of The Gates of Hell, suggesting that the figure may have originated in that project.
  • Place Made: France
  • DATES ca. 1890–1900; cast 1971
    DIMENSIONS 2 1/4 × 1 1/2 × 2 1/8 in., 0.5 lb. (5.7 × 3.8 × 5.4 cm)  (show scale)
    MARKINGS Under chin: "Susse Fondeur Paris" Back, neck, bottom edge: "© by Musée Rodin 1971"
    SIGNATURE Neck, proper left: "A. Rodin"
    INSCRIPTIONS Neck, proper left: "No 8"
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    CREDIT LINE Gift of the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Auguste Rodin (French, 1840–1917). Head of a Woman with a Chignon (Tête de Femme au chignon), ca. 1890–1900; cast 1971. Bronze, 2 1/4 × 1 1/2 × 2 1/8 in., 0.5 lb. (5.7 × 3.8 × 5.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation, 84.75.13. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 84.75.13_bw.jpg)
    EDITION Edition: 8/12
    IMAGE overall, 84.75.13_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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