The Golden Age

Artist: Auguste Rodin (French, Paris 1840–1917 Meudon)

Date: 1871–1878

Medium: Black chalk heightened with white on faded blue paper

Dimensions: 18 7/16 x 12 in. (46.8 x 30.4 cm)

Classification: Drawings

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1963

Accession Number: 63.92.3


Although Rodin rarely made drawings with this level of finish in preparation for his sculptural projects, the staging of the figural group on a pedestal-like platform suggests a close relationship with sculpture. It is similar in style to the decorative sculptures he made in the 1870s while working in the Paris and Brussels studios of Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse. The title refers to the first of the successive ages of humanity according to Greek mythology—a time of youthfulness and harmony in contrast to the violent Age of Bronze, the subject of Rodin’s first important full-length sculpture