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Balzac Statue - Auguste Rodin

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About Balzac Statue - Auguste Rodin - Parastone

This Balzac statue is a representation of one of the most famous sculptures by Auguste Rodin. In 1891 Emile Zola commissioned Rodin, on behalf of the Societé des Gens de letters, to design a statue of the novelist Honoré de Balzac who had died in 1850. There was little material at hand to base his portrait on – only a couple of sketches, one Photo and measurements on his stature which had been retrieved from his tailor. The statue was far from finished on the date agreed upon, but the Société’s committee found the enormous straddle-legged, naked figure wit hits fat stomach extremely appalling. The dressed version which was displayed ten months later was described by the patrons as an artistically unsatisfactory, shapeless mass. However, Rodin displayed the design, together with The Kiss, in the Salon. The media found it a disgrace and the statue became the main issue in a fierce political battle against the background of the Dreyfuss-affair. The sculptor, who had no particular interest in politics, returned the assignment and placed the statue, to which he had a personal bond, at the Villa des Brillants, where he lived at the time. He predicted that it would find its own way and said that this subject of mockery was the result of his entire life. More details on Balzac Statue - Auguste Rodin - Parastone:

Technical Specifications

  • Size: 8.75 in x 3.5 in x 3.5 in
  • Weight: 1.6 lbs
  • Material: Bonded Bronze


Auguste Rodin was a French sculptor who exhibited a unique talent to capture the extreme depths of human emotion. Although he didn't study at the prestigious École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, he found inspiration in sculptural traditions. A majority of his criticism was due to his departure from highly decorative and thematic traditions. He preferred forms that were true to nature and took Michelangelo and Da Vinci as prime influences. Despite the controversy that surrounded his art, he refused to change his style, sticking to his vision until the end of his days. His most famous piece of Art, The Thinker, was originally part of a larger vision. Along with The Kiss and Gates of Hell, Rodin tried to encapsulate Dante’s Inferno in bronze. Eventually, the sculptor earned fame thanks to his unexpected realism and use of unconventional materials. Throughout his later life, he remains one of the greatest artists of his era.


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