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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Auguste Rodin, French (Paris, France 1840 - 1917 Meudon, France)
Antonin Proust (1832-1905)
Other Titles
Alternate Title: Portrait Head of Antonin Proust
Work Type
August 1884
Physical Descriptions
Bronze with brown patina
Lost-wax process
51.8 x 24.8 x 24.7 cm (20 3/8 x 9 3/4 x 9 3/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: back of neck, l.l.: Rodin
  • inscription: back of neck, l.r., stamp: Bingen fondeur
Antonin Proust, purchased from the artist's estate, 1905. Rikoff, France, sold; to Haro, Paris, France [through Galerie Georges Petit, 1907, lot 29]. Baron Joseph Vitta, Paris, France, 1907, sold; to Grenville L. Winthrop, New York, NY, 1935 [via Martin Birnbaum], bequest; to Fogg Art Museum, 1943.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

André Michel, "Le Salon de 1885", Gazette des Beaux-Arts (1885), no. 2, pp. 116-128, p. 124

Octave Mirbeau, "Mm. Rodin, Dalou, Gaudez, Frémiet, Aubé", La France (June 3, 1885)

Alfred Lanson, "Salon de 1885", L'Artiste (1885), vol. 1, pp. 321, 334

Félicien Champsaur, Le Cerveau de Paris: Esquisses de la vie littéraire et artistique, E. Dentu (Paris, France, 1886), pp. 104-105

Truman Howe Bartlett, "Auguste Rodin", The American Architect and Building News (April 27, 1889), vol. XXV, no. 696

Charles Saunier, "Auguste Rodin", Les Arts Français (February 1918), no. 14, pp. 17-23

Gustave Geffroy, "L'Oeuvre de Rodin à l'exposition de 1900", Les Arts Français (February 1918), no. 14, pp. 24-29

Vidor Frisch and Joseph T. Shipley, Auguste Rodin: A Biography, Frederick A. Stokes Company (New York, NY, 1939), pp. 265-266, 417

Ionel Jianou and Cecile Goldscheider, Rodin, Editions d'Art, Arted, Paris (Paris, France, 1967), p. 98

Victoria Thorson, "Reassessing Rodin's Graphics", Art News (September 1975), p. 40, repr. p. 42

Hélène Pinet, Les Photographes de Rodin, exh. cat., Musée Rodin (Paris, France, 1986), no. 9

Alain Beausire, ed., Correspondance de Rodin III 1908-1912, Editions du Musée Rodin (Paris, France, 1987), pp. 126-127

Alain Beausire, Quand Rodin Exposait, Editions du Musée Rodin (Paris, France, 1988), pp. 92, 100, 188, 253

Cecile Goldscheider, Auguste Rodin : catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre sculpté, Wildenstein Institute (Paris, France, 1989), no. 133b, pp. 178-179

Claude Monet-Auguste Rodin : centenaire de l'exposition de 1889, exh. cat., Musée Rodin (Paris, France, 1989), p. 44, 174

Ruth Butler, Rodin: The Shape of Genius, Yale University Press (New Haven, CT and London, England, 1993), pp. 214-217

Anna Tahinci, "Le Portrait Masculin chez Rodin" (1995), Unpublished, p. 211

Stephan Wolohojian, ed., A Private Passion: 19th-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, Harvard University, exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Yale University Press (U.S.) (New York, 2003), no. 117, pp. 287-289, repr. in color

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. 117, pp. 296-297, repr. in color

Exhibition History

Salon Exhibition, Salon, Paris, Paris, 05/01/1885 - 06/30/1885

Exposition Universelle internationale, art contemporain 1878-1889, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Paris, Paris, 05/06/1889 - 11/06/1889

Exposition Rodin, Pavilion Rodin, Paris, 06/01/1900 - 11/30/1900

Exposition Internationale des Beaux-arts, Palais National des Beaux-arts, Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, 05/01/1904 - 10/23/1904

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

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

World’s Fairs, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/16/2014 - 05/10/2015

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