Eternal Idol

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French (Paris, France 1840 - 1917 Meudon, France)
Carved by Jean Escoula
Eternal Idol, 1893
19th century
72.4 x 63.5 x 40 cm (28 1/2 x 25 x 15 3/4 in.)
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
, 1943.1034
Department of Paintings, Sculpture & Decorative Arts
Auguste Rodin, Paris, France, Created, 1893, Made for Eugene Carriere by commission, 1900. Commissioned through Leopold Blondin
Eugène Carrière, Purchased from the artist, 1900, Sold by his heirs to Edmund Davis, 1907.
Sir Edmund Davis, Purchased from the heirs of Carriere, 1907, Sold to Winthrop through Birnbaum, 1939. Purchased through Jean Delvolvé, Carriere's son-in-law, for Fr 15000. (See Beausire, 1988, p. 189)
Grenville Lindall Winthrop, Purchased from Davis estate through Birnbaum, 1939, Bequest to Fogg Art Museum, 1943. Winthrop paid £1500
Georges Grappe, Rodin, Oxford University Press (NY) and Oxford University Press (UK) (New York, NY, 1939), p. 25

Vidor Frisch and Joseph T. Shipley, Auguste Rodin: A Biography, Frederick A. Stokes Company (New York, NY, 1939), p. 298

John L. Tancock, The Sculpture of Auguste Rodin, David R. Godine/Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia, PA, 1976), mentioned in introduction, p. 30; no. 22, p. 210; repr. p. 47, pl. 9

Jacques de Caso and Patricia B. Sanders, Rodin's Sculpture: A Critical Study of the Spreckels Collection, Charles E. Tuttle Co. (Rutland, VT and Tokyo, Japan, 1977), p. 65, repr. in b/w

Alain Beausire, Quand Rodin Exposait, Editions du Musée Rodin (Paris, France, 1988), p. 189

Oliver Meslay, "Invitation à la Visit: la Collection de Sir Edmund Davis", La Revue du Musée d'Orsay (Spring 1999), no. 8, p. 48

Anna Tahinci, "Camille Claudel: From self-image to self-destruct", Sculpture Review (Fall 2000), vol. 49, no. 3, pp. 8-13, 31, repr. p. 13

Stephan Wolohojian, Ingres, Burne-Jones, Whistler, Renoir... La Collection Grenville L. Winthrop, exh. cat., Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon and Réunion des Musées Nationaux (Paris, France, 2003), no. 119, pp. 299-301, repr. in color

Stephan Wolohojian, ed., A Private Passion: 19th-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, Harvard University, exh. cat., ed. Stephan Wolohojian The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Yale University Press (New York, NY, 2003), no. 119, pp. 291-293, repr. in color

Anna Tahinci, "Private Patronage: Rodin and his Early British Collectors", Rodin, the Zola of Sculpture, ed. Claudine Mitchell, Ashgate Publishing Company (Burlington, VT, 2004), pp. 95-117, p. 110, repr. as fig. 5.2

Rodin: La chair, le marbre, exh. cat., Musée Rodin (Paris, 2012), p. 17, repr. p. 17, fig. 4

Exhibition History
Exposition Rodin, Pavilion Rodin, Paris, 06/01/1900 - 11/30/1900, 95
Sublimations: Art and Sensuality in the 19th Century, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 07/13/1996 - 07/21/2002
A Private Passion: 19th-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, Harvard University, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 10/23/2003 - 01/25/2004, 119
For Students of Art and Lovers of Beauty: Highlights from the Collection of Grenville L. Winthrop, Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/16/2004 -
Ancient to Modern, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/31/2012 - 06/01/2013