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Come and see Rodin’s Balzac which caused a scandal!

Presented at the Salon in 1898, the plaster was endlessly derided.

“He calls that Balzac! It’s a snowman! Look how it’s melting!”

Bernard Berenson, the great art historian, wrote:

“A stupid monstrosity. He looks like a polar bear standing on its hind legs.”

The affair took an overly political turn for Rodin, who decided to take back “his beloved child.”