French museum lifts veil on Rodin work not previously exhibited


A sculpture by Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) is due to go on public display for the first time at the Musée Rodin in Paris this month, thanks to the efforts of conservators. Absolution (around 1900), an assemblage of three plaster sculptures with a piece of fabric draped over the top, is being shown alongside works by the German artist Anselm Kiefer (born 1945) in an exhibition marking the centenary of Rodin’s death.

Christine Lancestremère, the head of collections at the Paris museum, says: “I think it will be a surprise to most visitors as few people know about the piece. It hasn’t been published or exhibited before.” She suspects that its fragility prevented it from going on display before; it certainly impeded it from travelling… Read more

Image: Absolution (around 1900) by Auguste Rodin during treatment