OCTOBER 25, 1997—JANUARY 24, 1998
The exhibition explores Rodin’s treatment of one of the most expressive parts of the human body, the hand, and presents approximately 50 sculptures in bronze and plaster by Rodin that exhibit the dynamic lines of force, movement and vibrant silhouettes of the hand in art. In Rodin’s oeuvre, the hand took on special importance. He and his assistants-among them Camilla Claudel-modeled hands as independent fragments, some of which were destined to become incorporated in large-scale sculptures like Burghers of Calais. Other sculptures are examples of compositional techniques he championed, such as the assemblage and the enlargement. Complete figures like the Genius of War will show the importance of the hand in gesture.