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Man with a Broken Nose

Auguste Rodin

French, 1840–1917

Man with a Broken Nose

modeled 1863–64

Rodin modeled this sculpture, one of his first, on a handyman whose features he felt revealed a life of struggle. As he worked on the clay model in his studio during the winter, the freezing temperatures caused the back of the head to crack off. Rodin decided to cast the broken version in bronze, giving the finished piece the appearance of a mask. Looking back at this work twenty-five years later, the sculptor declared: “That mask determined all my future work.”

Medium Bronze
Dimensions Height: 9 1/2 in. (24.1 cm)
Object Number 1955.971
Acquisition Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark before 1955
Status Off View