RODIN, Auguste

Paris 1840 - Meudon, Hauts-de-Seine 1917

Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, réduction

Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, Reduction

modeled 1891



Dimensions (HxWxD): 7 x 6 1316 x 4 12 in.

bottom, incised: donné à L. Bénédite / par Rodin / le 10 novembre 1916

Acc. No.: 1943.1281

Credit Line: Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop, 1943.1281

Photo credit: 2009 President and Fellows of Harvard College

© Artist : public domain


  • 1916, November 10, Léonce Bénédite, acquired from Rodin
  • 1925, Paris, bequest to his wife Madame Léonce (Rosa) Bénédite
  • 1928, May 31, Paris, withdraw from Bénédite's Hôtel Drouot sale
  • 1928, June 4, Paris, purchased by Grenville Lindall Winthrop from Mme Bénédite, through Martin Birnbaum, for 70,000 francs plus 15% commission (10,500 francs)
  • 1943, bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop to Fogg Art Museum


  • Museum's website, January 23, 2013
  • 1969 Gillerman, McKim
    Dorothy W. Gillerman and Gridley McKim, Grenville L. Winthrop: Retrospective for a Collector, exh. cat., Cambridge, Fogg Art Museum, 1969, no. 131, p. 204-205, repr.
  • 1976 Tancock
    John L. Tancock, The Sculpture of Auguste Rodin, Philadelphia, David R. Godine/Philadephia Museum of Art, 1976, no. 90, p. 525
  • 2003 Wolohojian
    Stephan Wolohojian, ed., A Private Passion: 19th-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, Harvard University, exh. cat., New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art / Yale University Press, 2003, p. 41, repr.
  • 2003 Wolohojian
    Stephan Wolohojian, Ingres, Burne-Jones, Whistler, Renoir... La Collection Grenville L. Winthrop, exh. cat., Paris, Réunion des Musées Nationaux, 2003, p. 46, repr.
  • 2007 Le Normand-Romain (français)
    Antoinette Le Normand-Romain, avec la collaboration d'Hélène Marraud et Diane Tytgat, introductions par Dr. Ruth Butler et Mr. Régis Cusinberche, Rodin et le bronze. Catalogue des œuvres conservées au musée Rodin, 2 volumes, Paris, Musée Rodin / Editions de la Réunion des musées nationaux, 2007, vol. 2, pp. 620-622, Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, réduction, 1891, cet exemplaire est cité p.620 : "(H. 17,78 cm) : Cambridge, Fogg Art Museum, legs Grenville L. Winthrop, 1943 (don de Rodin à Bénédite, 1916; acq. Winthrop de Mme Bénédite par l'intermédiaire de Martin Birnbaum, 1928)"
  • 2007 Le Normand-Romain (English)
    Antoinette Le Normand-Romain, with the collaboration of Hélène Marraud and Diane Tytgat, introductions by Dr. Ruth Butler and Mr. Régis Cusinberche, The Bronzes of Rodin. Catalogue of works in the Musée Rodin, 2 volumes, English version, Paris, Musée Rodin / Editions de la Réunion des musées nationaux, 2007, vol. 2, pp. 620-622, Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, Reduction, 1891, this copy is mentioned p.620: "(H. 17,78 cm) : Cambridge (Mass), Harvard University, Fogg Art Museum, bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop, 1943 (gift of Rodin to Bénédite, 1916; acq. by Winthrop from Bénédite, through Martin Birnbaum, 1928)"


  • 1969 Cambridge
    Grenville L. Winthrop: Retrospective for a Collector, Cambridge, Fogg Art Museum, January 23-March 31, 1969, no. 131, p. 204


  • Grenville L. Winthrop: Retrospective for a Collector, Cambridge, 1969, p. 204:
    Rodin had enormous respect for Puvis and made several portraits of him. One was done in marble in 1910, twelve years after Puvis'death. It shows an idealized head emerging disembodied from the rough block like the moon coming out from behind clouds. An earlier and more famous Puvis portrait was a bronze bust, 19 3/4 in. high, made from life in 1891. Rodin, in speaking of Puvis, seems to describe this large bust: "He carried his head high. His skull, solid and round, seemed to wear a helmet." Bernard Shaw admired the bust and claimed that Rodin had shown the artist as he really was "distinct from his stiff collars and public manners...". Puvis himself, however, was extremely displeased with the bustand felt it made him look ridiculous. This unique wax version represents a reduction of the bronze bust, probably made for Puvis' admirers and prepared in wax for casting in bronze. It must have been done shortly after the large bust. It is significant that the exaggerated haughtiness which Puvis thought made the original seem a caricature has been softened in the small version to produce an impression of the painter which is more conventional and benign.