Signed A. Rodin
Inscribed with the foundry mark A Rudier. Fondeur Paris
Conceived in 1910; this example cast between 1931-45.
Two examples cast by the Alexis Rudier foundry during Rodin's lifetime, and then 8 more examples cast by the Musée between 1931-1952.
Another 8 examples cast by the Georges Rudier foundry between 1955-1958.
Bronze with dark brown patina and lighter brown highlights
The conception of the present piece, known as the Etude pour le Secret (Study for the Secret), relates to another famous work by Rodin, known as La Cathédrale (The Cathedral). The works were conceived two years apart from each other, in 1910 and 1918 respectively, and relate to Rodin’s fascination with hands and their sculptural representation.
The artist started focusing on this subject perhaps as a direct result of the numerous studies conducted by the English photographer Eadweard Muybridge (1830-1940), whose research on animals and figures in motion represented a great source of inspiration for many 19th-century artists. Rodin is attested to receiving a copy of Muybridge’s publication, Animal Locomotion, in 1887.