Mignon is the first of Rodin’s portraits of Rose Beuret, a seamstress he met in 1864 who became his studio helper, the mother of his son Auguste-Eugène, and his lifelong companion—despite the artist’s inability to remain faithful to her. They married only in 1917, the year they both died, she of pneumonia, and he several months later from complications of a stroke.
The title of this lively and informal portrait may refer to an 1866 opéra comique of the same name by Ambroise Thomas, based on a character in Goethe’s 1796 novel Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship.
1870; cast 1966
16 1/4 x 11 7/8 x 10 1/8 in. (41.3 x 30.2 x 25.7 cm) (show scale)
Back, proper right shoulder: ".Georges Rudier./Fondeur. Paris."
Back, proper left shoulder, lower edge: "© by Musée Rodin 1966"
Proper left shoulder: "A. Rodin"
Interior, lower front edge, raised plate: "A. Rodin"
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Auguste Rodin (French, 1840-1917). Mignon, 1870; cast 1966. Bronze, 16 1/4 x 11 7/8 x 10 1/8 in. (41.3 x 30.2 x 25.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation, 85.173.2. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 85.173.2_bw.jpg)
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