Head of Balzac

(1897/ cast c. 1898-1902)

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

Bronze, 10 3/4 X 6 3/4 X 6 3/4 IN. (27.4 X 16.9 X 17.0 CM.) INCLUDING BASE H: 3 5/8 IN. (9.2 CM.)

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

Accession Number: 66.4336

Provenance:
Spreckles Collection, San Francisco*
James Graham and Sons, New York, to 2 February 1962
Joseph H. Hirshhorn, New York, 2 February 1962-17 May 1966
Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966
*According to Graham invoice dated 2 February 1962 in Archives

Exhibition History:
SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM, New York. "Modern Sculpture from the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Collection," 3 October 1962-6 January 1963, no. 394, p. 228.
MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, New York. "Rodin," 29 April-10 September 1963, no. 13. TOUR: CALIFORNIA PALACE OF THE LEGION OF HONOR, San Francisco, 19 October-8 December.
OKLAHOMA MUSEUM OF ART, Oklahoma City. "Sculptures from the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden," 9 September 1984-9 September 1985.

Published References:
UNSIGNED. "The Ways of Rodin," New York Times Magazine (16 September 1962), ill. p. 44.
JIANOU, IONEL, and CECILE GOLDSCHEIDER. Rodin (Paris: Arted, 1967), p. 105.
SPEAR, ATHENA TACHA. Rodin Sculpture in the Cleveland Museum of Art (Cleveland: Museum of Art, 1967), no. IV:X, p. 26, ill. 28.
TANCOCK, JOHN. The Sculpture of August Rodin (Philadelphia: Museum of Art, 1976), p. 457.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection