The Falling Man, Auguste Rodin (French, Paris 1840–1917 Meudon), Bronze, French

The Falling Man

Artist:
Auguste Rodin (French, Paris 1840–1917 Meudon)
Founder:
Cast by Godard Foundry (French)
Date:
modeled ca. 1882, cast 1982
Culture:
French
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
Overall (wt. confirmed): 23 × 16 3/4 × 12 3/4 in., 57.9 lb. (58.4 × 42.5 × 32.4 cm, 26.3 kg)
Classification:
Sculpture-Bronze
Credit Line:
Gift of Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation, 1986
Accession Number:
1986.155.2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 800
A version of this doomed figure with upraised arms clung to the underside of the doorway on The Gates of Hell, struggling in vain to escape the inferno below. Here, placed kneeling on a rocky base, The Falling Man thrusts backward in a gesture of extreme physical and psychological pain. The figure demonstrates how Rodin recycled and reoriented figures and fragments to create new compositions.
Signature: Signed and numbered on the base: A. Rodin N°I / I

Marking: On the base: E. GODARD/Fondr (founder's mark)

On the base: © by MUSÉE Rodin 1982
The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation (until 1986; to MMA)