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Auguste Rodin

Artist:
Robert MacCameron (1866–1912)
Date:
1910
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
39 5/16 x 31 15/16 in. (99.8 x 81.1 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1912
Accession Number:
12.171
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 800
In August 1910 MacCameron noted in his journal that he had visited "Rodin, the greatest of sculptors—he is a charming person—a splendid big head, with light grey warm creamy hair and beard. . . . I am [interested] in the idea of painting a good portrait of [him]." The likeness, completed by late September, shows the sculptor holding a model of his iconic work The Thinker. Rodin and MacCameron discussed sending the portrait to The Met, but it traveled instead to New York's Academy of Design and Pittsburgh's Carnegie Institute. Collector and financier J. Pierpont Morgan aquired it and, in 1912, he gave it to The Met, where it hung in a new gallery dedicated to Rodin.
Signature: [at lower right]: PARIS. SEPT / R MACCAMERON 1910.
J. Pierpont Morgan, New York, by 1912
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