The Tempest, The Terror-Stricken or The Marathon Runner

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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 :

    About 1898

    Dimensions :

    H. 44,3 ; W. 50,3 ; D. 29,3 cm

    Materials :

    Marble carved by Rodin’s practitioner Louis Mathet in 1903

    Inventory number :


    Credits :

    © Agence photographique du musée Rodin - Jérome Manoukian

    Additional information


    • The Tempest, The Terror-Stricken or The Marathon Runner(zip, 992.7 ko)