• Mouvement de danse F - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Mouvement de danse F - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Mouvement de danse F - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Mouvement de danse F - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Mouvement de danse F - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Mouvement de danse F - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Mouvement de danse F - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Mouvement de danse F - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Mouvement de danse F - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Mouvement de danse F - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Mouvement de danse F - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Mouvement de danse F - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
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Mouvement de danse F

Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

Signed A.Rodin
Inscribed Nº9 and ©
Bronze with rich brown, green and light brown patina
Height: 10 5/8'' (27 cm)

Conceived in circa 1911. This example cast posthumously by the Musée Rodin. There are no lifetime casts of this model.


In Auguste Rodin’s later years, he took a keen interest in dance, but unlike Edgar Degas, who was well known for his study on ballerinas, Rodin was fascinated by a new generation of dancers such as Loie Fuller, Isadora Duncan and Vaslav Nijinsky. These dancers favoured free flowing movements driven by emotion as oppose to the traditionally regimented and perfected style of ballet.

In particular, Isadora Duncan established a ‘temple’ to the cult of the Greek dance in Bellevue, near the sculptor’s studio in Meudon. Thanks to such proximity, Rodin was able to sketch her students’ movements, lamenting, ‘if I had only known such models when I was young. Models who move and whose movement is in close harmony with nature’.

At the same time, the artist was particularly enthralled by acrobat Alda Moreno, the model and companion of sculptor Jules Desbois. On and off between 1903 to 1913, Rodin sketched Moreno in unusual poses. The artist himself described his work at the time stating that “some people find all this obscene. But it’s almost pure mathematics. It’s not driven by passion, or rather, it looks like the movements of unknown passions”.


A. Rodin, Female nude in profile holding her leg behind her head (Alda Moreno?), Musée Rodin, Paris

Le nu académique Journal of 1905, showing the newly-discovered photos of Alda Moreno, Musée Rodin, Paris

The result of Rodin’s interest in dance are nine models, which the artist executed between 1910–1919, entitled Mouvements de Danse. A major exhibition dedicated to these sculptures was organised in 2016 by The Courtauld Gallery, Rodin and Dance – The Essence of Movement, which then travelled to Musée Rodin in 2018.

The plaster versions of such works are housed in the collection of the Musée Rodin. All bronze versions were cast posthumously by the Museum.

In the present work, Mouvement de danse F, the artist depicts the body of a dancer as it leaps in the air, the right leg stretched to the side while the left is bent. The right arm is curved and raised over her head, the palm of the hand facing upwards. The result is an unnatural but evocative composition, depicting the essence of dance rather than a specific movement.

Works by Auguste Rodin

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

Le Penseur (The Thinker), Petit Modèle


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(French, 1840-1917)

Danaide, petit modèle, version type III  - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Danaide, petit modèle, version type III


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Désespoir de la Porte (Despair, from the Gates of Hell) - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Désespoir de la Porte (Despair, from ...


Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

Mouvement de danse F - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Mouvement de danse F


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(French, 1840-1917)

Mouvement de danse E - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Mouvement de danse E


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(French, 1840-1917)

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

Le Baiser (The Kiss), 4th Reduction


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(French, 1840-1917)

 Le Frère et la Soeur (Brother and Sister) - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Le Frère et la Soeur (Brother and Si...


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(French, 1840-1917)

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

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(French, 1840-1917)

Étude pour le Secret (Study for the Secret) - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Étude pour le Secret (Study for the S...


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(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)

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

Éternelle Idole (Eternal Idol), Moyen...


Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

Nijinsky - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Nijinsky


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(French, 1840-1917)

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

Éternelle Idole (Eternal Idol), Petit...


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(French, 1840-1917)

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

Le Baiser (The Kiss), 2nd Reduction


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(French, 1840-1917)

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

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


Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

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

Le Baiser (The Kiss), 4th Reduction


Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

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

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


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(French, 1840-1917)

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

Faunesse Debout (Standing Faunesse), ...


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(French, 1840-1917)

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

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


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(French, 1840-1917)

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

Fugit Amor, Large Model, Second Version


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(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 ...


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(French, 1840-1917)

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

Maquette for the Burghers of Calais


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(French, 1840-1917)

Bather with Sandals - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Bather with Sandals


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(French, 1840-1917)

Main Droite 27 (Right Hand 27) - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Main Droite 27 (Right Hand 27)


Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

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