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

Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

Signed and stamped with the foundry mark 'A. Rodin Alexis RUDIER. Fondeur. PARIS.' with the raised signature 'A. Rodin'
Bronze with green and brown patina
Height: 14 7/8” (37.7 cm)

Conceived in 1881-1882; this example cast by Alexis Rudier between 1920-1930


Conceived in 1881-1882; this example cast by Alexis Rudier Foundry between 1920-1930.


Le Penseur
(The Thinker) was originally conceived for the tympanum of The Gates of Hell, which it dominates. According to Rodin’s first plan, the sculpture was meant to represent Dante, surrounded by all the characters of the Gates. This changed however to a symbolic figure, a symbol of the poet and his creative genius.

The Thinker belongs to the group of major early works strongly inspired by Michelangelo, whose sculpture greatly affected Rodin when he first visited Italy in 1875. In 1917, Rodin described what is perhaps his most famous work as follows:

“...What makes my Thinker think is that he thinks not only with his brain, with his knitted brow, his distended nostrils and compressed lips, but with every muscle of his arms, back and legs, with his clenched fist and gripping toe.”

As The Thinker was much sought after by collectors and art institutions, Rodin had it cast in three sizes: the original size, an enlarged one, and a reduced version for the collectors’ market, of which the present sculpture is an example. The first larger cast was made in 1902 before being presented to the City of Paris in 1906. It was originally sited in front of the Pantheon and then moved to the Musée Rodin in 1922.

The present bronze was cast by the Alexis Rudier Foundry, with whom Rodin had entered into an agreement to cast this work. These exclusive rights were granted for a period of fifty years, starting in 1902.

The Gates of Hell, Musée Rodin

The Thinker, Musée Rodin

Masterpiece London 2019

June 25, 2019 - July 3, 2019

Masterpiece London 2019 June 25, 2019 - July 3, 2019

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Disc I


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(British, Born 1951)

Disc II - Emily Young, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Disc II


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(British, Born 1951)

Small Quartzite Head - Emily Young, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

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Demeure - Yves Dana, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

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Antérieur - Yves Dana, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

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(Swiss, contemporary)

Stèle - Yves Dana, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

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

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(French, 1840-1917)

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Mouvement de danse F - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

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(French, 1840-1917)

Mouvement de danse E - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

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(French, 1840-1917)

Dreaming - Gerald Laing, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

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(UK, 1936-2011)

Solar Disc (Small) - Emily Young, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

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Maquette for Screen at New Custom House, Heathrow Airport - Robert Adams, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

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 Blue Sea Head - Emily Young, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

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Green Lake Head - Emily Young, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

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Bronze 88 - Hanneke Beaumont, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

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Bronze 87 - Hanneke Beaumont, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

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Nijinsky - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

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(French, 1840-1917)

Femme Assise (Seated Woman) - Pablo Picasso, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

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Small Ajuba Goddess Torso II - Emily Young, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

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Pale Onyx Torso II - Emily Young, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

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

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(French, 1840-1917)