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Monumental Head of Pierre de Wissant (work of art)

Artwork Info

Created
Modeled circa 1884–1885, enlarged before 1909, cast 1980
Artist
Auguste Rodin
Nationality
French
Birth/Death
1840-1917
Dimensions
32 x 19 x 20 1/2 in.
(81.3 x 48.3 x 52.1 cm)
Medium
Bronze

Credit

Gift of the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation, 2009

Culture
European

About

In this larger-than-life portrait, Pierre de Wissant’s introspective agony is amplified to an almost unbearable intensity. The tilt of the head, given greater emphasis through the unusual base of the sculpture, makes this agony even more poignant. The source of Wissant’s anguish was his decision to join five other civic leaders who agreed to sacrifice their own lives in 1347 to free their besieged city of Calais from English occupation.

tags: emotions, conflict, impact, interdependence, perspective, power, texture

Images

  • Monumental Head of Pierre de Wissant Auguste Rodin

    Monumental Head of Pierre de Wissant by Auguste Rodin