• Dosia - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Dosia - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Dosia - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Dosia - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Dosia - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Dosia - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Dosia - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Dosia - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Dosia - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Dosia - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Dosia - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Dosia - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Dosia - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Dosia - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Dosia - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Dosia - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Dosia - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Dosia - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
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Dosia

Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

Signed A. Rodin
Stamped with the foundry mark compagnie des bronzes de Bruxelles
Bronze with an earth tone patina
Height: 17 1/4" (44 cm)

Conceived circa 1872 this lifetime cast made between 1880 and 1894.

Comité Rodin certificate 2018-5723B


Provenance
Collection Bayet, France (acquired by the great grandfather of the previous owner)

The present sculpture is a fascinating example of Rodin’s work in the early 1870’s, when the artist was still living in Belgium. Rodin’s sculptures from this period diverge drastically from those he produced later in his career, as the artist catered for the wider taste of the Belgian public at the time, while he was still in search of his personal language which characterises his work from 1875 onwards. The famed foundry Compagnie des bronzes Bruxelles guaranteed the success of the model by producing in terracotta, bronze and biscuit throughout the late 19th and early 20th century.

Indeed, dating from around 1874, Dosia was one of the last works ever produced by Rodin before his return to France, where he exhibited his seminal Age of Bronze in 1875. This ideal portrait was Informed by the poetics and style of Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse, Rodin’s early master and employer, for whom he worked in the late 1860s. Carrier was famous for his depictions of female figures, particularly in the nude, and had employed the young French artist as modeller and designer in his large Belgian atelier.

According to Antoniette Le Normand Romain, the author of The Bronzes of Rodin (2007), ‘Rodin had learnt from Carrier-Belleuse how to rework the clay model before firing, in order to give each cast an individual quality’. While producing Dosia, Rodin worked simultaneously on three other busts and ‘thus modified, in turn, the accessories, the locks of hair, the flowers adorning the hairstyle, and the ribbon or medallion around the neck’. Among these four sculptures, the bust of Suzon is perhaps the best renowned in the series, particularly thanks to its dissemination in museums across the world. However, ‘given the unrestrained, rather wanton character conferred upon the young woman by her loose hair and the quantity of flowers adorning her head, the bust known as Dosia appears to be the culmination of the series’ (The bronzes of Rodin: catalogue of the works in the Musée Rodin, p. 663).

That Dosia was the best of the idealised portraits in these series was perceived shortly after the artist’s death. In fact, when Georges Grappe organised one of the first ever displays of sculptures at the Hôtel Biron (today’s Musée Rodin), he included Dosia in the catalogue, leaving Suzon out. At the same time, while Suzon is part of numerous collections around the world, Dosia is more rarely seen.

Plaster and terracotta versions of this model are part of the Musée Rodin collection in Paris.

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