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An abstracted final study of Balzac's head, with hair swept back on the left, and flowing long on the right, one stray piece over his forehead, sunken eyes and extended lips. The head is mounted on a square base of pink marble and was cast by the Alexis Rudier Foundry, Paris. It is one of a number of studies of Balzac undertaken by Rodin between 1891 and 1898 while producing his commission for a public monument to the writer, commissioned by the Société des Gens de Lettres.
bronze & marble
H 20 x W 18 x D 17 cm
beqeathed as part of the Shaw Collection, 1950
signed on back left of hair: A. Rodin; foundry mark on back, bottom edge: ALEXIS. RUDIER / FONDEUR. PARIS