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The Tempest, The Terror-Stricken or The Marathon Runner
Auguste Rodin (1840 -1917)
In 1886, the Galerie Georges Petit exhibited a marble sculpture of a woman “screaming in terror.” This work, identified as The Tempest, can be seen as a variation on the plaster half-bust The Cry, rendered in high relief.
The work depicts a head and shoulders emerging from the marble. The face, surrounded by a mass of flowing hair, is detailed with almost anatomical precision. This sculptural representation of a scream, based on close analysis of the model’s features, is reminiscent of the tête d’expression, an academic exercise used to train artists to capture a subject’s emotions.
Rodin made several sculptures illustrating the same theme: the Head of Sorrow (1903-1904), seeming to cry out in grief, is quite different from the open-mouthed expression of the Fish Woman (1917).
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Date of conception :
H. 44,3 ; W. 50,3 ; D. 29,3 cm
Marble carved by Rodin’s practitioner Louis Mathet in 1903
Inventory number :
© Agence photographique du musée Rodin - Jérome Manoukian
- The Tempest, The Terror-Stricken or The Marathon Runner(zip, 992.7 ko)