The Fallen Angel, or Illusions Received by the Earth (La Chute d'un ange, ou Les Illusions reçues par la Terre)
On View: Robert E. Blum Gallery, 1st floor
Like Bacchantes Embracing and Damned Women (both on view nearby), this work presents a scene of lovemaking between two women, with a title that transports the figures to a time or place removed from the viewer’s own. The Fallen Angel appears set in a world of allegory, with the crouching woman, perhaps symbolizing the earthly realm, drawing the winged female into a gentle embrace. Both figures seem to emerge organically from the ground.
by 1900; cast before 1952
20 1/2 x 32 3/4 x 22 1/4 in. (52.1 x 83.2 x 56.5 cm) (show scale)
Lower edge, long side with seated figure's left knee:
"ALEXIS RUDIER./FONDEUR. PARIS."
Top of base near feathers on side with pointing hand: "A. Rodin"
Gift of Iris and B. Gerald Cantor
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Auguste Rodin (French, 1840-1917). The Fallen Angel, or Illusions Received by the Earth (La Chute d'un ange, ou Les Illusions reçues par la Terre), by 1900; cast before 1952. Bronze, 20 1/2 x 32 3/4 x 22 1/4 in. (52.1 x 83.2 x 56.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Iris and B. Gerald Cantor, 84.77.5. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 84.77.5_SL3.jpg)
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