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Pierre de Wissant (Bourgeois de Calais)

Auguste Rodin (in 1885-1886)

Rodin was unprecedented in his expression of the human body. 'Pierre de Wissant' is a larger than life size study for one of the figures from the famous work 'The Burghers of Calais', of which the original version still stands in Calais. It is a monument to those who ended the mediaeval siege of the city by the English.


Title Pierre de Wissant (Bourgeois de Calais)
Material and technique Bronze
Object type Sculpture
Location This object is on view in room 13
Dimensions (general) Height : 198 cm
Makers Sculptor: Auguste Rodin
Accession number BEK 1332 a (MK)
Credits Aankoop / Purchase: 1939
Department Modern Art
Acquisition date 1939
Age maker Between 45 and 46 years old
Material Bronze > Copper > Common metal > Metal > Inorganic material > Material > Material and technique
Object Sculpture > Three-dimensional object > Art object
Geographical origin France > Western Europe > Europe

All about the maker

Auguste Rodin

Parijs 1840 - Meudon 1917

In 1857 Auguste Rodin enrolled in the Petite Ecole in Paris, the later Ecole des Arts Décoratifs. He was rejected three times by the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. From..