Man with Serpent
When this sculpture is viewed from the front, the outcome of the struggle is uncertain. Only from the side can we see the serpent delivering a fatal bite to the man’s neck. The man’s pose was adapted, at the request of a collector, from that of a falling figure in a monumental sculpture on which Rodin worked for 37 years but never finished—the Gates of Hell. Plaster casts like this one were an important part of the process of transforming a clay model into a finished bronze.
|Dimensions||27 1/2 × 22 × 11 7/8 in. (69.9 × 55.9 × 30.2 cm)|
|Acquisition||Acquired by Sterling Clark, 1923|
Auguste Rodin, Man with Serpent, 1885, Plaster. Acquired by Sterling Clark, 1923. The Clark Art Institute, 1955.1023.
Antony Roux (1833–1913), Marseille, Monte-Carlo, Paris (1887–1914, his sale, Paris, May 19–20, 1914, no. 146, sold to M. Knoedler, agent for Robert Sterling Clark, who purchased for his brother, Stephen Clark); Stephen Carleton Clark (1882–1960), New York and Cooperstown, New York (1914–23, consigned to Knoedler’s); Robert Sterling Clark (1877–1956), New York (1923–55, given to museum); Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, 1955.