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

Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

Signed A.Rodin and with repeat interior raised signature
Inscribed with the foundry mark Alexis RUDIER. Fondeur. PARIS
Bronze with dark brown patina, and red, brown and green highights
Height: 81/2" (21.5 cm )

Conceived in 1885, this example cast between 1930 and 1940
16 casts were produced under Rodin’s contract with the Alexis Rudier foundry between 1889 and 1942



Conceived in 1885, this example cast between 1930 and 1940. There are three distinct versions of the Danaide, petit modèle of which this is the work know at the variant number three, the final version. It is not possible to tell from the records which of the Danaide casts were of which model but we do know that only 16 casts were produced under Rodin’s contract with the Alexis Rudier foundry between 1889 and 1942.

The Danaide was originally conceived as part of The Gates of Hell, but was eventually omitted from the final design. The work was inspired by the story of the daughters of Danaus, taken from Greek mythology.

In this myth, Danaus, the son of the King of Egypt, had fifty daughters named the Danaides. His brother Aegyptus had fifty sons. Threatened by his brother, Danaus sailed to Argos with his daughters. The sons of Aegyptus pursued their cousins with the intention of marrying them and so furthering their power. The daughters were unwilling to marry but were forced to consent. Danaus therefore ordered his daughters to stab their husbands to death on their wedding night. Forty-nine obeyed their father, with only Hypermnestra sparing her beloved husband Lynceus. As a punishment for their crimes, the guilty Danaides were punished in the Underworld by having to try to fill broken vessels with water for eternity.

In the present model, Rodin portrays one of the Danaides, who has thrown herself to the ground, her water vessel by her side and her long hair flowing over the rocks. The sculptor conveys the stricken woman’s despair at her absurd and inexorable task of endlessly refilling the broken vessel.

Rodin depicts the woman as youthful, sensual and vibrant despite her exhausting life in the underworld. As was common in the sculptor’s work, here sensuality and pessimism go hand in hand. The sculpture is both alluring and despondent, a figure of youthful beauty and a manifestation of eternal despair.

It has been suggested by Monique Laurent that the model for the work was in fact Camille Claudel, although this theory remains unproven. The theory was popularised by Bruno Nuytten’s movie Camille Claudel, which merged fact and fiction by showing Camille kneeling on the floor modeling for the work.

Rodin began work on Danaide in 1880 and at the end of the decade the work was enlarged and transformed into marble for the Scandinavian collector, Dr. H. F. Antell. This marble was exhibited at the 1889 ‘Monet-Rodin’ exhibition at the Galerie George Petit where it received considerable press attention. After the success of this exhibition Rodin commissioned Jean Escoula to a make a second marble of the Danaide, which is considered to be one of the finest marbles ever produced in his atelier (pictured below). This second version was exhibited at the Salon of 1890 and was purchased by the French government. Known as the Luxembourg Danaide it was originally in the collection of the Musée du Luxembourg. It is now housed in the Musée Rodin collection.

Masterpiece London 2019

June 25, 2019 - July 3, 2019

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

Disc I  - Emily Young, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Disc I


Emily Young

(British, Born 1951)

Disc II - Emily Young, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Disc II


Emily Young

(British, Born 1951)

Small Quartzite Head - Emily Young, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Small Quartzite Head


Emily Young

(British, Born 1951)

Demeure - Yves Dana, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Demeure


Yves Dana

(Swiss, contemporary)

Antérieur - Yves Dana, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Antérieur


Yves Dana

(Swiss, contemporary)

Stèle - Yves Dana, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Stèle


Yves Dana

(Swiss, contemporary)

Mother and Child: Petal Skirt - Henry Moore, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Mother and Child: Petal Skirt


Henry Moore

(English, 1898-1986)

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

Le Penseur (The Thinker), Petit Modèle


Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

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

Danaide, petit modèle, version type III


Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

Les Contes de I’incroyable Amour - Yves Dana, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Les Contes de I’incroyable Amour


Yves Dana

(Swiss, contemporary)

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)

Victory - Sir Alfred Gilbert, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Victory


Sir Alfred Gilbert

(British, 1854-1934)

Perseus Arming - Sir Alfred Gilbert, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Perseus Arming


Sir Alfred Gilbert

(British, 1854-1934)

Mouvement de danse F - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Mouvement de danse F


Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

Mouvement de danse E - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Mouvement de danse E


Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

Dreaming - Gerald Laing, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Dreaming


Gerald Laing

(UK, 1936-2011)

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

Solar Disc (Small)


Emily Young

(British, Born 1951)

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

Maquette for Screen at New Custom Hou...


Robert Adams

(British, 1917-1984)

Small Seated Figure - Henry Moore, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Small Seated Figure


Henry Moore

(English, 1898-1986)

 Blue Sea Head - Emily Young, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Blue Sea Head


Emily Young

(British, Born 1951)

Green Lake Head - Emily Young, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Green Lake Head


Emily Young

(British, Born 1951)

Galina  VIII - Gerald Laing, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Galina VIII


Gerald Laing

(UK, 1936-2011)

Bronze 88 - Hanneke Beaumont, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Bronze 88


Hanneke Beaumont

(Belgian, Contemporary)

Bronze 87 - Hanneke Beaumont, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Bronze 87


Hanneke Beaumont

(Belgian, Contemporary)

Nijinsky - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Nijinsky


Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

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

Femme Assise (Seated Woman)


Pablo Picasso

(Spanish, 1881-1973)

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

Small Ajuba Goddess Torso II


Emily Young

(British, Born 1951)

Pale Onyx Torso II - Emily Young, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Pale Onyx Torso II


Emily Young

(British, Born 1951)

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

Le Baiser (The Kiss), 4th Reduction


Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)