Half-Length Portrait of Balzac

(1892)

Auguste Rodin, French, b. Paris, 1840–1917

Bronze, 19 7/8 X 14 1/4 X 13 IN. (50.6 X 36.3 X 33.0 CM.) INCL. BASE H: 1 1/2 IN. (3.8 CM.); WT: 53 LB. (23.7 KG.)

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966

Accession Number: 66.4335

Provenance:
Jules E. Mastbaum, Philadelphia, c. 1923-December 1926
Etta Wedell Mastbaum, Philadelphia, from 1926
Elizabeth Mastbaum
James Graham and Sons, New York, to 18 October 1961
Joseph H. Hirshhorn, New York, 18 October 1961-17 May 1966
Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966

Exhibition History:
SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM, New York. "Modern Sculpture from the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Collection," 3 October 1962-6 January 1963, no. 393, ill. p. 25.
MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, New York. "Rodin," 29 April-10 September 1963, no. 14, p. 219, ill. p. 94. TOUR: CALIFORNIA PALACE OF THE LEGION OF HONOR, San Francisco, 19 October-8 December.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Inaugural Exhibition," 4 October 1974-15 September 1975, no. 92.
TAFT MUSEUM, Cincinnati. "Best of Fifty," 24 March-8 May 1977, colorpl. n. p.

Published References:
ELSEN, ALBERT E. Rodin (New York: Museum of Modern Art, 1963), p. 219, ill. p. 94.
ESTROW, MILTON. "1,000 Inspect Huge Hirshhorn Art Collection at Greenwich Benefit," , New York Times (15 September 1965), p. 49.
SPEAR, ATHENA TACHA. Rodin Sculpture in the Cleveland Museum of Art (Cleveland Museum of Art, 1967), no. IV-M, p. 91.
ARNASON, H. HARVARD. History of Modern Art (New York: Abrams, 1968), p. 60, ill. 81.
LERNER, ABRAM, et al. The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (New York: Abrams, 1974), pp. 740-741, fig. 92, p. 73.
TANCOCK, JOHN. The Sculpture of Auguste Rodin (Philadelphia: Museum of Art, 1976), after figure study i, see other casts, p. 455.
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