Rodin Writes a Letter to his Closest Friend
Item Number: 13596
Parisian artist and father of modern sculpture. Autograph letter signed. 1 page, 3.75" x 6". Dated "27 May, 1910." Rodin writes in his hand in full: "My dear foremost friend, I am very touched by your faithful friendship. I send my hommage to Madame Vidi(?) Griffin (?) cordially. And he signs his name, "A. Rodin." During a long and prolific career, Rodin produced at least 56 portrait sculptures. His very first was of his own father in 1860. By the time of this letter in 1910, Rodin's name was established and he spent much of his time making busts of prominent contemporaries such as English politician George Wyndham (1905), Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw (1906), Austrian composer Gustav Mahler (1909), former Argentinian president Domingo Faustino Sarmiento and French statesman Georges Clemenceau (1911). He also worked increasingly on studies of the female form, and themes of more overt masculinity and femininity. He became the President of the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts in 1890, and in 1903 was elected president of the International Society of Painters, Sculptors, and Engravers. Rodin died in 1917 at the age of 77, continuing to produce work until his death. The letter is in very good condition, with only its original mailing fold and slightly bumped corners and one small stain, from the period of his greatest influence.