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Auguste Rodin

The Sirens


Auguste Rodin
Paris 1840 – Meudon, France, 1917


The Sirens


About 1887-1888




44.5 x 45.7 x 27 cm


Executed by Jean Escoula between 1889 and 1892


Gift of the Huntly Redpath Drummond family, inv. 1958.1192


Western Art

Auguste Rodin first exhibited the plaster cast of this magnificent sculpture at the famous exhibition Monet-Rodin, presented in 1889 by the Georges Petit gallery in Paris, which brought these two great artists together. “Three intertwined sirens sing; each of a different stature and pose, they form an uneven group, staggered like pan pipes,” French critic Gustave Geffroy wrote. The popularity of this model proved long-lived: eighteen copies are known, four of which are in marble – the Museum houses the first of these four rare pieces.

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