Pierre de Wiessant, Monumental (Pierre de Wissant, monumental)
In this final version of the figure of Pierre de Wiessant, the body expresses the agonizing physical and psychic price of placing the collective good above personal survival. His disproportionately large hands recall the unconscious gestures that might accompany an intense internal struggle, and his feet—one planted, the other pivoting—simultaneously suggest hesitation and propulsion toward a destiny that has been accepted. The huge, flexed bicep is visually countered by the rope—a token of Wiessant’s surrender—hanging down on the other side of his body.
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"
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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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