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The Clenched Hand

Artist
Auguste Rodin, French, 1840–1917
Date
c.1885
Material
Bronze
Cast in
Paris, Île-de-France, France, Europe
Classification
Sculpture
Current Location
On View, Gallery 207
Dimensions
18 1/8 x 10 3/8 x 8 1/4 in. (46 x 26.4 x 21 cm)
Credit Line
Funds given by Lanlee Realty Company
Rights
Public Domain
Object Number
3:1957
NOTES
Auguste Rodin often produced fragmentary studies of individual anatomical features, and stated, “I have always had an intense passion for the expression of the human hand.” In this work, the boldly modeled swellings and depressions of the hand suggest a sense of agitated anguish. This sculpture is probably related to Rodin’s grand project, The Burghers of Calais, in which a group of elderly men face the prospect of impending death.
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