State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg (Leningrad)
For information on scholarly publications:
Tel. 7 812 110 96 06
Fax 7 812 311 91 80
Situated in the centre of St Petersburg, the State Hermitage Museum
is housed in five magnificent buildings, containing altogether over
3,000,000 items of art. The Department of Western European Art is spread
over the second floor of the whole complex and the third floor of the
famous Winter Palace. Room 315 is dedicated to Rodin´s work.
Today the Museum is creating its digital self-portrait and offers a
highly sophisticated Website with a searchable
Database and images in various resolutions. Here are the results
for Rodin work in the collection:
of Bronze,1876, one of worldwide
four plaster casts
Sinner, ca. 1885, bronze
Japanese Actress Hanako, 1908, terracotta?
and Juliet, 1905
and the Muse, early 1900s
of Varvara Yeliseyeva, 1906
Cleveland Slide Library also mentions Cupid
and Psyche, marble, 1905, L.
67 cm, as part of
the Hermitage Collection.
height 76 cm
"Rodin created a dramatic image of Eve banished from
paradise expressing her mixed feelings of shame, confusion, despair, and
helplessness. (..). It fully displays the innovative manner of the
famous master: the luminous structure of the marble is used for creating
the illusion of a shimmering halo emphasizing the contrast between the
lyrical and tragic elements in the work."
The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts
12 Volkhonka street
121019, Moscow, Russia
Department of the Pushkin Museum at the Russian State Humanities
University: Moscow, 15 Chayanova Street
Telephone reference: 250-61-97
The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts has one of the most
representative foreign art collections in Russia, including a vast
collection of tinted plaster casts of famous ancient, medieval and
The Museum has about 600 West-European sculptures. After the closure
in 1948 of the Museum of New Western Art over 60 sculptures were handed
over to the Fine Arts Museum, among them works by Rodin, Maillol,
Bourdelle, Zadkine, Arkhipenko. Many famous works from the former MNWA
now in the Pushkin Museum are fromthe collections of Sergey Schukin and
Ivan Morosov, who started acquiring Impressionist and Post-Impressionist
paintings before these artists began to enjoy European fame. To these
collections also belonged:
The Museum also owns a full size cast Thinker.
A good overview of the Pushkin Museum´s history and holdings can be
found under: www.vgp.com/moscow/arts.html
Also quoted under:
Museum of the Battle of Stalingrad, Volgograd.
As reported by John Varoli, in November 2000 two bronze Rodin
statues were stolen from this Museum in the south Russian city of
Volgograd. The statues, 'Jealousy' and 'A Kiss' (The Kiss - HdR),
Rodin's own replica of the famous marble statue, were given to the
people of Stalingrad in 1945 by a French citizen, West Maccot, in
recognition of the city’s heroic resistance to the Nazis. According to
the Kommersant newspaper, Ms Maccot purchased the statues at auction in
Paris in 1901. The museum gained possession of the statues in 1984, and
since then they have been in storage and never on public view. The theft
appears to have been carried out by two men who remained in the museum
after it closed, and then made their way to the storage area where the
alarm had already been turned off, which police have taken as evidence
that the theft was an inside job.
November 16, 2000
From: Alain Beausire firstname.lastname@example.orgTo:
Jonathan Sazonoff email@example.com
Re: statues de rodin volées en Russie
Le 10 novembre, j'ai ecrit au Musee de la Bataille de
Stalingrad à Volgograd, pour leur demander des precisions sur les deux
bronzes voles; en effet, nous n'avons aucune reference sur cette
collection, ni sur la donatrice, Mme West Mackott. Rien non plus sur des
relations avec Rodin... Nous ne savons pas si la lettre de Rodin (1901 -
jointe au don) a vraiment existe et si elle est authentique. Il en est
de meme pour les deux bronzes: s'agit-il rellement du Baiser connu de
Rodin? Nous ne savons pas quelle oeuvre a ete nommee
"Jalousie". Notre ignorance sur ces evenements est plutot
mauvais signe, car nous avons la totalite des archives de Rodin (qui
conservait tout); et les contrefacons et les faux sont tres nombreux, du
vivant de Rodin a nos jours. Je ne pourrai donc vous aider qu'apres
avoir recu ces informations de Volgograd.
Dans cette attente, cordialement
"Alain Beausire" firstname.lastname@example.org
Chargé des Archives et de la Bibliothèque du Musée
Rodin 77 rue de Varenne 75007 Paris http://www.musee-rodin.fr
Source (now deleted):
Another marble copy of Rodin´s Kiss is discussed in the Moscow
Times of Monday, Feb. 5, 2001, where Paul Starobin reports on the
business tycoon Bryntsalov:
"Over by the bar is a white marble sculpture of a man and a
woman locked in an embrace. A gold plate identifies the work as
"The Kiss" by Auguste Rodin. Bryntsalov says he purchased it
at the knockdown price of $200,000 from a government sanatorium in the
Moscow region. It fell into Russian hands as a "trophy"
captured from the Germans in World War II, he explains."
As far as the story is accurate and Bryntsalov´s explanation true,
the statue was underpriced indeed; the marble Kiss stolen in Volgograd
was reported to be worth ca. $ 2,5 Million.
Also quoted under:
A bronze cast of The Kiss that was stolen by the Nazis during
World War II and had never been reclaimed is on permanent display in the
Tuileries Gardens, Paris since the winter of 1998, in the hope the true
owner may finally turn up.