• Main 20 (Hand 20), Petit Modèle - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Main 20 (Hand 20), Petit Modèle - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Main 20 (Hand 20), Petit Modèle - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Main 20 (Hand 20), Petit Modèle - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Main 20 (Hand 20), Petit Modèle - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Main 20 (Hand 20), Petit Modèle - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Main 20 (Hand 20), Petit Modèle - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Main 20 (Hand 20), Petit Modèle - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Main 20 (Hand 20), Petit Modèle - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
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Main 20 (Hand 20), Petit Modèle

Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

Signed A. Rodin
Inscribed G. Rudier Fond. Paris.
Bronze with a dark greeen patina, with light green and brown highlights
Height: 2 2/16" (5.4 cm)

Conceived between 1890 and 1908 and cast in 1966. The Comite Rodin estimates 11 examples were cast in total


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.

Works by Auguste Rodin

Iris, Messagère des Dieux (Messenger of the Gods), Study without Head, Small Model - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Iris, Messagère des Dieux (Messenger ...


Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

Torse Masculin (Masculine Torso) - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Torse Masculin (Masculine Torso)


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(French, 1840-1917)

Buste de Victor Hugo (Bust of Victor Hugo) - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Buste de Victor Hugo (Bust of Victor ...


Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

Le Baiser (The Kiss), 3rd Reduction - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Le Baiser (The Kiss), 3rd Reduction


Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

Eustache de Saint Pierre - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Eustache de Saint Pierre


Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

Andrieu d'Andres - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Andrieu d'Andres


Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

Jean d'Aire - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Jean d'Aire


Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

Jean de Fiennes - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Jean de Fiennes


Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

Pierre de Wiessant - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Pierre de Wiessant


Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

Faunesse Zoubaloff - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Faunesse Zoubaloff


Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

Faunesse á Genoux (Kneeling Faunesse) - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Faunesse á Genoux (Kneeling Faunesse)


Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

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

Éternelle Idole (Eternal Idol), Moyen...


Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

Main 20 (Hand 20), Petit Modèle - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Main 20 (Hand 20), Petit Modèle


Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

Nijinsky - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Nijinsky


Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

Buste de l'Âge d'Airain (Bust of the Age of Bronze) - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

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


Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

Portrait de Danseuse Cambodgienne (Portrait of Cambodian Female Dancer), Princess Sumphady? - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Portrait de Danseuse Cambodgienne (Po...


Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

Croquis d'après les Tombeaux des Médicis par Michel-Ange Á Florence - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Croquis d'après les Tombeaux des Médi...


Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

Femme Accroupie de Face (Female Figure Squatting, Frontal View) - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Femme Accroupie de Face (Female Figur...


Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

Femme Nue aux Bras Levés Posant sur un Socle - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Femme Nue aux Bras Levés Posant sur u...


Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

Couple Saphique (Sapphic Couple) - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Couple Saphique (Sapphic Couple)


Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

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

Petite Figure Accroupie (Small Crouch...


Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

Femme Nue a la Jambe Droite Soulevée (Nude Woman Raising her Right Leg) - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Femme Nue a la Jambe Droite Soulevée ...


Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

Mère et Enfant (Mother and Child) - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Mère et Enfant (Mother and Child)


Auguste Rodin

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Éternelle Idole (Eternal Idol), Petit Modèle - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Éternelle Idole (Eternal Idol), Petit...


Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

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

Le Baiser (The Kiss), 2nd Reduction


Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

The Kiss, 4th Reduction  - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

The Kiss, 4th Reduction


Auguste Rodin

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

Le Baiser (The Kiss), 4th Reduction


Auguste Rodin

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

L'Éternel Printemps (Eternal Spring),...


Auguste Rodin

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Balzac, étude type c (buste) 3ème version, grand modèle - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

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


Auguste Rodin

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Faunesse Debout (Standing Faunesse), version with simple rock - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Faunesse Debout (Standing Faunesse), ...


Auguste Rodin

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

Eve, Small Model - Model with a Squar...


Auguste Rodin

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

Pas de Deux - Movement de Danse Type G


Auguste Rodin

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

Faunesse Debout (Standing Faunesse), ...


Auguste Rodin

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

L'Éternel Printemps (Eternal Spring),...


Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

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

Fugit Amor, Large Model, Second Version


Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

Masque de l'Homme au Nez Cassé (Mask of A Man With A Broken Nose) - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Masque de l'Homme au Nez Cassé (Mask ...


Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

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

Maquette for the Burghers of Calais


Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

Bather with Sandals - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Bather with Sandals


Auguste Rodin

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Right Hand 27 - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Right Hand 27


Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

Le Penseur (The Thinker) - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Le Penseur (The Thinker)


Auguste Rodin

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