Auguste Rodin (1840 -1917)
Young Girl with Flowers in her Hair
H. 49.5 cm ; W. 34 cm ; D. 24 cm
Trained by Carrier-Belleuse, who drew his inspiration from the 18th century, Rodin produced works showing the influence of Second Empire trends. The economic advantages of this essentially decorative production were far from negligible, but Rodin succeeded in infusing these works with his own dynamic sense of modelling.
Even if distinctive features were discreetly added, in general these heads of young women all had a somewhat conventional appearance, which conferred a primarily ornamental role upon them. Represented with seasonal flowers – roses or lilacs – or fruit – grapes, vine leaves and tendrils – in their hair, most of them date from the time known as the “Belgian” period.