Monumental Bust of Victor Hugo
In 1889 the French government commissioned Rodin to produce a monument to the author Victor Hugo (1802–1885). The sculptor’s first proposal was rejected in 1890, but another was accepted a year later. Rodin worked on the project sporadically during the following decade, but diminishing interest on the part of both the sculptor and the government agencies overseeing the work meant it remained unfinished at his death in 1917. The ultimate monument was intended to be colossal, and this bust seems consistent with that scale.
1902; cast 1970
28 1/2 x 23 3/8 x 21 1/2 in. (72.4 x 59.4 x 54.6 cm) (show scale)
Back, proper right shoulder: ".Georges Rudier./.Fondeur. Paris."
Back, lower edge, proper left shoulder: "© by Musée Rodin. 1970."
Lower edge, proper left: "A. Rodin"
Interior, back, lower edge, raised stamp: "A. Rodin"
Gift of the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation
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Auguste Rodin (French, 1840-1917). Monumental Bust of Victor Hugo, 1902; cast 1970. Bronze, 28 1/2 x 23 3/8 x 21 1/2 in. (72.4 x 59.4 x 54.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation, 84.210.3. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 84.210.3_transp6249.jpg)
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Was this cast accepted or rejected?
This work was part of the accepted proposal for Rodin's sculpture as it was made in 1902, after his proposal had been accepted and he could work through it more!