William H. Robinson Senior Curator of Modern ArtJulie Dansereau-Tackett Doctoral Fellow, Case Western Reserve University
Auguste Rodin (French, 1840-1917)
glazed earthenware, Overall: 37.5 x 38.1 x 38.1 cm (14 3/4 x 15 x 15 in.). Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1995.71
After returning to Paris from Brussels in 1877, Rodin began collaborating with AlbertErnest Carrier-Belleuse, one of the most fashionable French sculptors of the period. Together they designed objects for the SĂ¨vres porcelain factory where Carrier-Belleuse was art director. This pedestal, signed by Carrier-Belleuse, once served as the base for a decorative vase, now lost. Carrier-Belleuse designed the overall ensemble, leaving Rodin to model the figures. Their energetic poses and muscular bodies recall the ignudi figures on Michelangeloâ€™s Sistine Chapel ceiling. Each titan bears the weight of his burden in a uniquely contorted and exaggerated pose, creating a dramatic rhythm of rising and falling limbs that activate the surrounding space.
Philadelphia Museum of Art, "Rodin and Michelangelo: A Study in Artistic Inspiration" March 27-June 22, 1997, p.98, 99, cat. no. 9.
CMA (organizer). Cleveland Museum of Art, Oct. 21, 2007- January 13, 2008: "Modern Masters from the Cleveland Museum of Art"
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