AUGUSTE RODIN – La Ronde, 1883
Sheet size: 295 x 200 mm
Image size: 225 x 170 mm
Edition: Size of edition unknown, scarce – Signed in plate
La Ronde is perhaps Rodin's most famous and sought after drypoint. Writing about it in The Burlington Magazine, Albert Elsen said, "The print's composition is tripartite and centripetal, with the ring of male dancers flanked by two passive groups who create a kind of human proscenium." Anticipating some of the aesthetic of Surrealism (note especially the influence of this print on the work of André Masson), this drypoint relates to Rodin's most important sculpture, La Porte de l'Enfer, the Gates of Hell. This copy is printed on cream laid paper, and was published in 1905 by L'Art et les Artistes. The image is at the top of the plate, while Rodin's monogram is at the bottom right. We have posted two photos: this one shows a close-up of the image; the other shows the entire plate area. Please note there is only one copy of the print available. The print is generally in very good condition. The paper has darkened slightly in the margins along the top and righthand edges, outside the image area, and there is a single small foxmark in the righthand margin, just outside the platemark. This could be easily framed out. The image size given is that of the whole plate. Refs: Delteil, 5; Thorson 5, 3rd state. Condition: Very good, see description.