• 16. Right Hand 27 - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
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  • 16. Right Hand 27 - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • 16. Right Hand 27 - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • 16. Right Hand 27 - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • 16. Right Hand 27 - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
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16. Right Hand 27

Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

Signed A. Rodin
Inscribed © by Musée Rodin and G Rudier Fondeur Paris
Bronze with a dark brown and green patination
Height: 6 1/2" (15.7 cm)

Conceived circa 1877-78, the present work was cast by the Georges Rudier foundry in 1960. The model was cast in an edition of at least 2 by the Alexis Rudier foundry in 1927 and 1949, and a further edition of 11 by the Georges Rudier foundry between 1960 and 1965.


Rodin sculpted hands more than he did any other part of the body. He used them to convey powerful emotions, both on their own and when grouped with other sculptures. Gustave Kahn, a contemporary, described him as “the sculptor of hands, of furious, clenched, angered, damned hands.” In 1912 Rodin put on an exhibition solely made up of hands. He defended himself against the barrage of criticism by saying:

“Have not the public and critics who serve the public reproached me enough for exhibiting simple parts of the human body?... Can they not imagine that an artist must apply himself to giving as much expression to a hand or a torso as to a face and that it was logical for an artist to exhibit an arm rather than a bust arbitrarily deprived by tradition of arms, legs, and abdomen? Expression and proportion, the ends are there. The means are modeling... It is by modeling that the flesh lives, vibrates, struggles and suffers.”

Rodin is thought to have held this interest since the beginning of his sculpting career. Certainly, when he was studying at the Petite École in the 1850s, he would have been taught to study figural parts. His habit of displaying them in their own right seems to have always been present, perhaps encouraged by Eadweard Muybridge’s photographic studies of hands in motion that were popular in the 1880s. Rodin is attested to have received a copy of Muybridge’s publications in 1887.

Photographs of the single hands in Eadweard Muybridge’s Animal Locomotion.

Rodin would often group these studies into new dialogues, as exemplified by The Hand of God and The Hand of the Devil, 1903, The Cathedral, 1908, and The Secret, 1910. The essential concept was that Rodin believed his talent was God-given and owed through his hands. His belief in God as creator of man was then symbolized in his sculpture starting with hands in the process of creation and then expressing different emotions.

A. Rodin, The Cathedral (Musée Rodin), otherwise known as The Arch of Alliance, a study he made in 1908, which connected two hands together in a bridge like appearance.

The great Rodin authority Albert Elsen commented, “No previous sculptor is known to have made as many studies of the hand, considering them not only in connection with arms, but self sufficient as works of art, to be exhibited and sold.”

A. Rodin, The Hand of God (Musée Rodin), modeled c. 1896 – photo credits: Christian Baraja

Museums that hold examples of Rodin’s hands in their permanent collections include e Metropolitan Museum, New York, e Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, The National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, The Fogg Art Museum, Boston and Musée Rodin, Paris.

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Auguste Rodin

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Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

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15. Pierre de Wiessant


Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

31. Faunesse Zoubaloff - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

31. Faunesse Zoubaloff


Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

5. Faunesse à Genoux (Kneeling Faunesse) - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

5. Faunesse à Genoux (Kneeling Faunesse)


Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

3. Éternelle Idole (Eternal Idol), Moyen Modèle - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

3. Éternelle Idole (Eternal Idol), Mo...


Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

36. Eustache de Saint Pierre - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

36. Eustache de Saint Pierre


Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

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17. Main 20 (Hand 20), Petit Modèle


Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

38. Nijinsky - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

38. Nijinsky


Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

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41. Buste de l'Âge d'Airain (Bust of ...


Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

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28. Portrait de Danseuse Cambodgienne...


Auguste Rodin

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26. Croquis d'après les Tombeaux des ...


Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

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27. Femme Accroupie de Face (Female F...


Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

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23. Femme Nue aux Bras Levés Posant s...


Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

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Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

30. Petite Figure Accroupie (Small Crouching Figure) - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

30. Petite Figure Accroupie (Small Cr...


Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

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39. Femme Nue à la Jambe Droite Soule...


Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

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24. Mère et Enfant (Mother and Child)


Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

35. Jean de Fiennes  - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

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Auguste Rodin

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9. Le Baiser (The Kiss), 2nd Reduction - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

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Auguste Rodin

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19. L'Éternel Printemps (Eternal Spring), 2nd Reduction - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

19. L'Éternel Printemps (Eternal Spri...


Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

18. Le Baiser (The Kiss), 4th Reduction - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

18. Le Baiser (The Kiss), 4th Reduction


Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

34. L'Éternel Printemps (Eternal Spring), 4th Reduction - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

34. L'Éternel Printemps (Eternal Spri...


Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

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25. Balzac, étude type c (buste) 3ème...


Auguste Rodin

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40. Eve, Small Model - Model with a Square Base and Flat Feet - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

40. Eve, Small Model - Model with a S...


Auguste Rodin

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37. Pas de Deux - Movement de Danse Type G - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

37. Pas de Deux - Movement de Danse T...


Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

7. Faunesse Debout (Standing Faunesse), Version au Rocher Simple - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

7. Faunesse Debout (Standing Faunesse...


Auguste Rodin

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8. L'Éternel Printemps (Eternal Spring), 3rd Reduction - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

8. L'Éternel Printemps (Eternal Sprin...


Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

6. Fugit Amor, Large Model, Second Version - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

6. Fugit Amor, Large Model, Second Ve...


Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

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2. Masque de l'Homme au Nez Cassé (Ma...


Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

32. Pas de Deux, Movement de Danse Study Type B - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

32. Pas de Deux, Movement de Danse St...


Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

10. Maquette for the Burghers of Calais - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

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Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

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33. Bather with Sandals


Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

16. Right Hand 27 - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

16. Right Hand 27


Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

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Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

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