Artist: Auguste Rodin (1840-1917)
Title: Sphinge Sur Colonne
Size: 16 x 93.4 x 22.3 cms.
(6 x 37 x 9 ins.)
Edition: II/IV
Materials: Bronze
Markings: Inscribed A. Rodin, © by Musée Rodin, numbered, dated and stamped with foundry mark
Availability: Contact the gallery

Other casts: London, Victoria & Albert Museum; Los Angeles, Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation; Gonzaga University, Washington, on loan to Jundt Art Museum

This small female nude with its questioning attitude first appears on the right-hand leaf of La Porte de l’Enfer. It was displayed for the first time in 1990 at the Georges Petit gallery, as a pendant to Le Succube. However, Rodin seems to have taken a particular interest in the figure after the exhibition at the Pavillon de l'Alma, and subsequently used it alone in several assemblages.  He was particularly pleased with the way it was shown on a small fluted column at this exhibition, and gave a plaster copy to the Musée des Beaux-Arts of Lyon in 1903, then another in bronze to Arthur Symons (Tate Gallery, London).  A product of Rodin’s research on the presentation and orientation of his exhibited works, La Sphinge sur colonne was the first work he reproduced together with its pedestal in bronze, giving the whole ensemble the status of an artwork.
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