Bas-relief, Mask of a Weeping Woman and Centaurs

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    Bas-relief, Mask of a Weeping Woman and Centaurs

    Auguste Rodin (1840 -1917)

    The central motif of this low-relief carving is a weeping woman “with a bitterly weeping, grief-stricken face and stringy hair.” This mournful figure is placed between centaurs―half-man, half-horse creatures that tortured the souls of the damned in Hell. This work was intended to adorn the bottom section of the left door of The Gates of Hell, but is not present in the version we know today.

    Rodin was particularly fond of this figure of grief, which he re-used, carved in the round, as a work in its own right. Like a number of his contemporaries, he enjoyed experimenting with the effects produced by making versions of the same work in different materials. The Weeping Woman―depicted in plaster, at least three times in marble, and in bronze with different presentation styles―is an excellent example.


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    Permanent collections – ground floor, Room 5

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    Completion date :

    Before 1885

    Dimensions :

    H. 32.3 cm; W. 111 cm; D. 18 cm

    Materials :

    Coated plaster

    Inventory number :

    S.00066

    Credits :

    © Photographic agency of musée Rodin - Jérome Manoukian

    Resources

    Iconography

    • Bas-relief, Mask of a Weeping Woman and Centaurs(zip, 2181 ko)