Auguste Rodin (French, 1840-1917) Psyché. Femme agenouillée, portant la main sur sa joue
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- American & European Works of Art - 2609B
- Date / Time :
- September 07, 2012 12:00PM
Auguste Rodin (French, 1840-1917)
Psyché. Femme agenouillée, portant la main sur sa joue, c. 1900
Signed "A Rodin" l.r., inscribed "No. VIII J.J.CC...8956" in pencil on the reverse,
identified on a label from Curt Valentin Gallery affixed to the backing.
Graphite and watercolor on vélin paper, sheet size 11 7/8 x 9 3/4 in. (30.2 x 24.8 cm), framed.
Condition: Restored tear c.r., mat burn, toning, foxing.
Provenance: Curt Valentin Gallery, New York (no. 18385); by descent within a New England family.
Literature: Georges Grappe, Les Élégies amoureuses d'Ovide (Philippe Gonin, 1935), pl. 28, (reproduced as a wood engraving).
N.B. According to Christina Buley-Uribe, the present work was one of approximately thirty Rodin drawings of Psyché that were models for wood engravings rendered c.1902 by Jules-Léon Perrichon. She surmises that Rodin may have added watercolor to the work after it was reproduced as an engraving. Even though Rodin was a great reader and admirer of Ovid, Les Élégies amoureuses d'Ovide was not published until after Rodin's lifetime.
We wish to thank Christina Buley-Uribe for her kind assistance with cataloguing the lot; the work will be included in her forthcoming Catalogue raisonné des Dessins et Peintures d'Auguste Rodin under the number 120801. A photo-certificate from Madame Buley-Uribe accompanies the lot.
Tear at c.r. measures approx. 1/2 in. length; fox mark l.l. approx. 1/4 x 1/4 in., Japanese paper tape hinge residue to the reverse along top edge; no additional condition issues to report.