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Sorrow, ca. 1903 - 1904

  • gypsum
  • 25 x 25 x 28 cm
  • Inv. 2017-JR

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Sorrow is a fine example of Rodin's so-called découpage technique, a technique that Rodin regularly used by isolating elements from larger sculpture groups and working them out separately. The sculptor repeated the head in the The Gates of Hell (c. 1880-1890), in Fugit Amor (c. 1885), The Prodigal Son (1905), la Centauresse (1901-1904) and also in Ugolino (between 1882 and 1906). The Musée Rodin owns a version of the representation in plaster in bronze. Besides the undeniable artistic value, Sorrow also has an important historical value. It illustrates the close bond between the sculptor and Emile Verhaeren, who received this sculpture as a gift in mid-1915 on the occasion of a reading session where Rodin had become acquainted with Verhaeren's war poems.


Auguste Rodin RKD
Paris 1840 - Meudon 1917

Title Sorrow
Date ca. 1903 - 1904
Period 19th century
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings inscription: A[u poet]e Emile Verhaeren / son ami Rodin
Collection sculpture AAT
Object type gypsum AAT
Inventory number 2017-JR
Acquisition credit gift
The Friends of the Museum
Current whereabouts Work on display
IIIF Manifest
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300055865 symbolism (artistic concept) AAT
Keywords Iconclass 31A71 male sex; man Iconclass
31B6217 eyes closed Iconclass
31B6232 mouth slightly open Iconclass
31D14 adult man Iconclass
48C24 piece of sculpture, reproduction of a piece of sculpture Iconclass
56BB1 Pain, Sorrow, Sadness; 'Dolore', 'Dolore di Zeusi' (Ripa) Iconclass
School / Style Impressionist (style) AAT
Parijs-Brussel. Brussel-Parijs. Realisme, impressionisme, symbolisme, art nouveau : De artistieke dialoog tussen Frankrijk en België, 1848-1914 (tentoonstelling Parijs, Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, 21 maart - 14 juli 1997 ; Gent, Museum voor Schone Kunsten, 6 september - 14 december 1997) / Robert Hoozee, Anne Pingeot. - Antwerpen : Mercatorfonds, 1997 ; Paris : Éditions de la Réunion des musées nationaux, 1997 (p. 216)
onder vrienden : 225 jaar verzamelaars rond het Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent (tentoonstelling Gent, Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent, 25.11.2023 - 28.04.2024) / Johan De Smet, Frederica Van Dam, Willy Van der Gucht, Manfred Sellink. - Gent : Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent, 2023 ; Gent : De Vrienden van het Museum, 2023 (p. 181, cat. 182 (ill.))
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