Auguste Rodin

AUGUSTE RODIN (1840—1917)

 

The Thinker, 1880 (enlarged 1902-­‐4) Bronze, Number 8 of 12

72 x 51 x 43 in.

Signed on the right: “A. Rodin”

Foundry mark on back: “Georges Rudier Fondeur, Paris

 

Provenance:

Musée Rodin, Paris

Purchased on 21 October 1965 by Mr. Taft B. Schreiber of M.C.A., Universal City California through his  Intermediary, Robin T. Tait, Esq., Paris, France

Columbia Savings, A Federal Savings and Loan Association, Denver Colorado, through Mr. Daniel L. Ritchie, CEO

Kent Fine Art, New York

Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art

 

Notes:

The sculpture remained on loan to the Denver Art Museum from the years 1966 through 1968. It then was toured to fifteen cities across Colorado before being moved to the rotunda of the Columbia Savings Headquarter in Cherry Creek, Colorado. The sculpture was then reloaned to the Denver Art Museum from 1979 through 1980. In 1980, the sculpture was finally installed in its present location at the downtown branch of Columbia Savings, Denver, Colorado.

 

Literature:

The Sculpture of Auguste Rodin: Reductions and Enlargements. New York: B.G. Cantor Sculpture 

     Center, 1984.

De Caso, Jacques, and Patricia B. Sanders. Rodin’s Thinker: Significant Aspects. San Francisco: California Palace

     of the Legion of Honor, 1973.

Elsen, Albert E. Rodin. New York: Museum of Modern Art, 1963, p. 218 – 23

     . Rodin’s Gates of Hell. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1960, p. 77, 78, 96, 129 – 30.

     . Rodin’s Thinker and the Dilemmas of Modern Public Sculpture. New Haven: Yale University Press

     1985, p. 72 – 111, pl. nos. 48 – 50, 52, 54.

Feist, Peter H., et al. Auguste Rodin: Plastik, Zeichnungen, Graphik. Berlin: Staatliche Museum zu

     Berlin/DDR, 1979, p. 105.

Grappe, Georges. Catalogue du Musée Rodin. I-­‐Hotel Biron, Paris: Musee Rodin, 1927, no. 143, 144.

Lami, Stanislas. “Auguste Rodin.” In Doctionnaire des sculpteurs de l’ecole francaise au dixeuvieme siecle , Vol. 4, Paris: Librairie Ancienne

     Honore Champion, 1921, p. 173.

Mauclair, Camille. Auguste Rodin: The Man His Ideas – His Works. London: Duckworth & Co., 1905, p. 26.

Mirolli, Ruth Butler. The Early Work of Rodin and its Background. Ann Arbor, Mich.: University Microfilms, 1966, p. 218 – 23.

Pitts, Carolyn. “The Thinker” in Sculpture of a City: Philadelphia’s Treasures in Bronze and Stone.

     New York: Walker and Co., 1974, p. 166 – 67.

Spear, Athena Tacha. Rodin Sculpture in the Cleveland Museum of Art. Cleveland Museum of Art,     

     1974, no. x, p. 53.

Story, Sommerville. Rodin. London: Phaidon, 1961, no. 14 – 16.

     . Rodin: Sculptures. Oxford: Phaidon, 1985, p. 8, Plates 15, 16.

Tancock, John L. Rodin Museum Handbook. Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1969, no. 3.

     . The Sculpture of Auguste Rodin. Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1976, p. 121. Waldmann, Emil. Auguste Rodin. Vienna: A. Schroll, 1945, no. 42 – 45, p. 46 – 47.

Watkins, Fridolyn G. Rodin Museum of Philadelphia, Philadelphia: Press of Edward Stern, 1929, no. 15, p. 3.

 

Periodicals:

Alexandre, Arsene. “Les Salons de 1904,” Le Figaro, Paris, 16 April 1904, p. 3 – 4.

Baudin, Pierre. “Le Penseur et la statuaire de la rue,” Les Arts de la Vie, Paris, No. 5, May 1904.

D’Amerini, Gino. “Il Pensatore di Rodin davanti il Pantheon francese,” Campo, Turin, 15 January 1905.

Geffroy, Gustave. “La Statue du Penseur,” La Depeche , Toulouse, 15 July 1904.

         . “La ‘Peneur’ de Rodin au Panteon,” La Revue Bleue , Paris, 2, ser. 5, 1904, p. 774 – 77. Hervier, Paul. “Pour le people ‘Le Penseur’ de Rodin,” La Presse , Paris, 15 May 1904. Marie, Dr. “Erostratisme et folie,” Le Siecle , Paris, 6 November 1907.

Mourey Gabriel. “Le Penseur de Rodin offert par souscription publique au people de Paris,” Les Arts de la Vie , Paris, No. 5, May 1904.

Picard, Edmond. “Auguste Rodin, la statue du Penseur,” Le Peuple , Paris, 17 July 1904.

Roger-­‐Miles, L. “Inauguration ‘du Penseur’ de Rodin,” Le Figaro , Paris, 22 April 1906, p. 3. Segard, Achille. “La Souscription Rodin,” Echo du Nord , Paris, 1 July 1904.

Tancock, John L. “The Thinker,” Facet, Journal of the Northampton Arts Association , Northampton, MA, no. 44, 1968, p. 15 – 17.