Two Women: One helping the Other to put on a Garment

Auguste Rodin (1840 -1917)

Circa 1890

Pencil, ink, watercolour and gouache on paper

H. 17.8 cm ; W. 11.7 cm


From the end of the 1880s, Rodin developed a new style of drawing, less sombre and less expressionistic than the “black drawings” that had dominated the early years of the decade. Circa 1890, after a phase in which he reduced his drawings to a few precise, fluid lines, Rodin increasingly made use of watercolour.


As is shown here, he had a distinct preference for pinks and yellows, colours that clothe the bodies of his models, who were almost exclusively women. The two women’s rapidly sketched movements, the heavy, emphatic contour lines, like the vivid, arbitrary colours vying with the ink and pencil lines,were, for Rodin a means of portraying his figures on the spot, yet powerfully and expressively.


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