Auguste Rodin, ‘Le Printemps (Allegory of Spring)’, 1882-1888, Childs Gallery

Delteil 4; Thorson IV i/I. From the first published edition by Gazette des Beaux-Arts, 1902. Before the Roger Marx edition of 100. A fine impression printed with plate tone on laid paper; in fine condition. Sheet measures 10 1/2 x 6 7/8 inches.

The print is the reverse image of La Nuit, a motif from Rodin’s Pompei vase made at the Sevres Porcelain Manufactory. The motif, a nude woman encircled by amours, was also applied to a ceramic plaque in 1880.

The following notice accompanied the Gazette des Beaux-Arts in which Le Printemps was published: “M. Auguste Rodin has kindly signed fifty impressions printed on parchment of his dryoint “Printemps”, published in this issue. In addition, the Gazette des Beaux-Arts has printed for fans: 50 impressions on Japon paper – 50 impressions on Chine Volant. These impressions are for sale at the Gazette des Beaux-Arts, 8 rue Favart, at the following prices: Impressions on parchment, signed, 100 fr. Impressions on Chine Volant or on Japon, 50 fr.”.

A second edition of 100 was published in “Les Pointes seches de Rodin” by Roger Marx, 1902.

About Auguste Rodin

Known as one of the most gifted figurative sculptors in history, Auguste Rodin made such iconic works of art as The Kiss (1880-1881), The Thinker (1881-1882), and The Burghers of Calais (1884-1895). Using clay, plaster molds, and a meticulous process that included live models, Rodin created sculptures that were innovative in their attention to detail and unprecedented realism. Inspired by the female form and literature from Dante to Baudelaire, Rodin was particularly adept at conveying tension and emotion through subjects’ bodies and made a large collection of sculptures of men and women in amorous, sensual poses.

French, 1840-1917, Paris, France, based in Meudon, France