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Title

The Prodigal Son

1885-1887
cast 1970

Artists

Auguste Rodin

France

12 Nov 1840 - 17 Nov 1917

  • Details

    Dates
    1885-1887
    cast 1970
    Media category
    Sculpture
    Materials used
    bronze
    Edition
    12/12
    Dimensions
    139.5 x 76.2 x 71.1 cm
    Signature & date

    Signed top of base, incised "A.Rodin". Not dated.

    Credit
    William Farnsworth Bequest Fund 1979
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    210.1979
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Auguste Rodin

    Works in the collection

    7

    Artist information
    Georges Rudier Fondeur

    Works in the collection

    1

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  • About

    Were it not for its palpable bodily presence, this moving bronze might almost seem a manifestation of pure spirit. Flame-like and quavering, the supplicant seems already to have passed beyond filial remorse to paternal absolution. Rodin's pre-emption of symbolist and expressionist imperatives is patent in the work. Unarguably the greatest sculptor of the early modern period - it is almost impossible to call him a nineteenth-century figure - Rodin was also among the most prolific. His Paris studio was large and active, and the French master himself a worker of formidable muscularity. Rodin's reputation for genius, cultivated in part by the artist himself, is justified by the extraordinary variety of his invention and the ardour he brought to even the smallest project. 'The prodigal son' characterises Rodin's quest for the life-force within the human form.

    AGNSW Handbook, 1999.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 13 publications

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