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Assemblage: Mask of Camille Claudel and Left Hand of Pierre de Wissant

Assemblage: Mask of Camille Claudel and Left Hand of Pierre de Wissant, 1895 — François Auguste René Rodin
32.1 cm26.5 cm

Assemblage: Mask of Camille Claudel and Left Hand of Pierre de Wissant is an Impressionist, Plaster Sculpture created by François Auguste René Rodin in 1895. It lives at the Rodin Museum in Paris. The image is in the Public Domain, and tagged Hand and Sculpture. Source

The Mask of Camille Claudel, one of the first portraits Rodin executed of his young pupil and mistress, shows the scar-like marks left by the seam lines of the different pieces of the mould. The mask aesthetic, more than that of a head or bust, permits this focus on facial features, without the effects of hair or chest. The wide-open eyes and blank gaze however betray a feeling of distress that the addition of the colossal hand only accentuates.  This hand was borrowed from Pierre de Wissant, one of The Burghers of Calais. Whereas in The Hand of God, Rodin used the right hand, here he employed the more disturbing, threatening, left hand, completely out of proportion with the face. 

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