Pierre de Wiessant, Monumental (Pierre de Wissant, monumental)
On View: Beaux-Arts Court, North, 3rd Floor
Here, the body’s expressive power conveys what the burgher Pierre de Wiessant contemplates: the physical and psychic price of placing the collective good above personal considerations. His hands and feet are disproportionately large: the hands recall the unconscious gestures accompanying an intense internal dialogue; and the feet—one planted, the other pivoting—simultaneously suggest hesitation and propulsion toward an accepted destiny. The huge, flexed bicep seems strong but is visually countered by the rope—a symbol of his surrender—hanging down the other side of his body.
Although the figure is draped, one can still discern the contours of the body that Rodin studied in the full-size nude version of Pierre de Wiessant on view at the beginning of the exhibition.
1887; cast 1979
84 5/8 x 46 x 39 in., 567 lb. (214.9 x 116.8 x 99.1 cm) (show scale)
Back, lower edge of base: "F*C"
Back, lower edge of base: "© by Musée Rodin 1979"
Base, near proper left foot: "A. Rodin"
Base, near proper left foot: "No 3"
Gift of Iris and B. Gerald Cantor
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Auguste Rodin (French, 1840-1917). Pierre de Wiessant, Monumental (Pierre de Wissant, monumental), 1887; cast 1979. Bronze, 84 5/8 x 46 x 39 in., 567 lb. (214.9 x 116.8 x 99.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Iris and B. Gerald Cantor, 84.243. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 84.243_SL1.jpg)
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