barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham


ALBERT BESNARD (1849-1934)

Auguste Rodin

Paris, 1900

Etching

325 X 260 MM

 

This portrait of the renowned sculptor captures the intimacy of the friendship between the two artists.

A skilled draughtsman with a keen eye for detail, Besnard is known for revealing a sitter’s personality in his portraits. Presented here against a blank background and in simple crisp line, Rodin is shown with furrowed brow, suggesting his absorption in art. In spite of his public success and recognition – with international exhibitions, honorary degrees and prestigious public commissions – Rodin was a naturally shy man.

Purchased 1962 (No. 62.2)

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