This reduction of one of the six figures of the Bourgeois monument in Calais can be dated from 1895-1899.
While in the group, the statue of Pierre de Wissant has a role as a plastic showpiece, his reduced and separate statuette suits him particularly well.
The elegance of the gesture expresses pain and despair; the tragic character is accentuated by the drape of the shirt wrapping around the body.
The Boulogne-sur-Mer Museum copy - acquired in 1902 by industrial-sponsor Charles Lebeau - has the same characteristics as the plaster model kept at the Rodin Museum in Paris, notably the broken cord at the cut of the shirt.
Reproduction in patinated resin
Height: 45 cm
Width: 20 cm
Depth: 17 cm
Museum: Boulogne-sur-Mer - Castle-Museum
Artist: Auguste Rodin (1840-1917)