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.”