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Fallen Caryatid Carrying an Urn

Artist:
Auguste Rodin (French, Paris 1840–1917 Meudon)
Founder:
Coubertin Foundry
Date:
modeled 1883, cast 1981
Culture:
French
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
Overall (wt. confirmed): 45 1/4 × 36 3/4 × 31 1/8 in., 434 lb. (114.9 × 93.3 × 79.1 cm, 196.9 kg)
Classification:
Sculpture-Bronze
Credit Line:
Gift of Iris and B. Gerald Cantor, 1985
Accession Number:
1985.56.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 800
Fallen Caryatid Carrying an Urn, originally titled Sorrow, was considered by Rodin and his contemporaries as among his best compositions. Unlike the standing caryatids (female support figures) of classical tradition, Rodin’s version folds into herself, compressed beneath the weight of the vessel she carries. In another large variant, the caryatid bears a massive rock that the poet Rainer Maria Rilke metaphorically described as the "burden . . . from which we can find no escape."
Signature: On the front of the base: A Rodin / No 3

Marking: On the rear of the base: within a rectangle, a flower flanked by the letters F and C (Coubertin Foundry); © by Musée Rodin
Iris and B. Gerald Cantor (until 1985; to MMA)
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