Aurora

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    Aurora

    Auguste Rodin (1840 -1917); unknown practitioner

    Aurora is a fine example of the way in which Rodin conferred an allegorical dimension to his portraits of people close to him, such as Farewell (c. 1898) and France (c. 1904), both based on the Mask of Camille Claudel. The sculptor proceeded in the same manner with Aurora, which is also based on the facial features of Camille Claudel.

    The face is smooth and polished and the expression somewhat distant, while the block of marble surrounding it is deliberately left rough-hewn, with visible tool marks. This contrast, reminiscent of the work of Michelangelo, allowed Rodin to highlight the radiance of the face, while the title of the piece evokes the rising sun at the break of day.

    This composition―one of Rodin’s last portraits inspired by Camille Claudel―was executed when their relationship was about to end.


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    Date of conception :

    About 1895-1897

    Dimensions :

    H. 56 cm; W. 61 cm; D. 30 cm

    Materials :

    Marble

    Inventory number :

    S.01019

    Credits :

    © Agence photographique du musée Rodin - Jérome Manoukian

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