Gary Arseneau - Deception: Are These Really Rodins?


In the MacLaren Art Centreís exhibition checklist, it lists a "Large Clenched Left Hand with Half-Length Figure of a Woman (ca. 1890) bronze (posthumous cast authorized by Musee Rodin, 1972)" and "Blessing Left Hand (1880-1884) bronze (posthumous cast taken from 1880-1884 plaster)" on loan from the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University.

There have been some scholars who have questioned the posthumous "casting" of the numerous plaster hands and pieces found in Rodinís studio after his death. Despite these questions, the Musee Rodin is well within its right to posthumously reproduce any of Rodinís original plasters. The real question is do these "posthumous casts" authorized by the Musee Rodin also have Musee Rodin approved counterfeit "A Rodin" signatures applied?



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