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Standing Female Nude in a Vase
Auguste Rodin (1840 -1917)
Circa 1900 (?)
H. 47 cm ; W. 20.7 cm ; D. 14 cm
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These assemblages, “small floral souls that you have raised up out of antique vases”, as Rilke used to say, show how creative and ingenious Rodin was, as he readily borrowed cups and vases from his collection of antiques to incorporate them into his own work.
Used in his sculpture, the pottery lost its utilitarian function. The cups and bowls were most frequently employed as receptacles for small female nude figures, placed inside them, sometimes in balanced arrangements or seated on the rim in the most varied attitudes.
The sculptor seems to have explored this kind of work circa 1900, giving free rein to his imagination and occasionally using these assemblages as starting points for works in marble (Little Water Fairy, Flowers in a Vase).