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