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Auguste Rodin, 1897

Eugène Carrière
French, 1849 - 1906
crayon, brush and ink lithograph with scraping and emery paper on chine collé
Printed by Imprimerie Lemercier
63.5 x 47.6 cm; image: 53 x 34.6 cm
Purchased 1978
National Gallery of Canada (no. 23132)

Rodin’s features emerge from the shadows like the mask of some mythic visionary. The sculptor was included among the modern pantheon of French cultural and political dignitaries that Carrière portrayed in a series of portraits during the 1890s. Intensely chiaroscuro, the artist’s portraits are not so much a record of appearances as they are a probing examination of psychology and spiritual character. To achieve the strong tones that characterize his lithographs, Carrière often used a second stone inked in the same colour, a technique developed to make multicolour prints.

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