Faun; The Old Tree; The Old Oak Tree, Auguste Rodin
Auguste Rodin
Faun; The Old Tree; The Old Oak Tree
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Auguste Rodin

Faun; The Old Tree; The Old Oak Tree, ca. 1885


Dimensions
39.5 x 38.0 x 28.0 cm
Physical Description
bronze
Inventory Number
SGP6
Acquisition
Acquired in 1912
Status
On display

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About the Work

His arms stretched out disarmingly, the faun abandons himself to the caresses of the little female faun as she gazes dreamily at him. In a reversal of the classic gender roles, the mythological hybrid creature of antiquity and the epitome of sexual drive is dominated by his companion. As a couple they look inorganic; the delicate woman is simply placed on the monstrous faun's goat-like leg. Here, Rodin has arranged two individual figures created for his 'Gates of Hell' to form a new group. Liberated from their original context, his sculptures acquired the status of autonomous artworks.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Faun; The Old Tree; The Old Oak Tree
Sculptor (male)
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
bronze
Material
Technique

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum
Acquisition
Acquired in 1912

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif
Associated Persons and Institutions
Associated Medium
  • Dante Alighieri: Die göttliche Komödie

Iconclass

Primary
  • 92L4 satyrs, fauns, Sileni
  • 92L3 nymphs (in general); 'Ninfe in commune' (Ripa)
  • 31AA14 human figure of ideal proportions, e.g. academic nude - AA - female human figure
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11.06.2019