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The Fallen Angel, or Illusions Received by the Earth (La Chute d'un ange, ou Les Illusions reçues par la Terre)

European Art

This piece exemplifies Rodin’s signature modeling, in which his sculpted figures seem to emerge organically from the unworked clay. Kneebone’s nearby Descent also mines sculpture’s ability to represent metamorphosis through the exuberant explosions of limbs and body parts. Abstracted erotic forms—both vaginal and phallic—replace torsos and faces, skin morphs into vines and foliage, and ultimately the base itself seems to absorb the fallen figures into its depths.
MEDIUM Bronze
  • Place Made: France
  • DATES by 1900; cast before 1952
    DIMENSIONS 20 1/2 x 32 3/4 x 22 1/4 in. (52.1 x 83.2 x 56.5 cm)  (show scale)
    MARKINGS Lower edge, long side with seated figure's left knee: "ALEXIS RUDIER./FONDEUR. PARIS."
    SIGNATURE Top of base near feathers on side with pointing hand: "A. Rodin"
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 84.77.5
    STATE 2nd State
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Iris and B. Gerald Cantor
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION 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
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