Monument to Balzac, model 1897-98 (final version), posthumous bronze cast 1954,9' 3" x 48 1/4" x 41"
(282 x 122.5 x 104.2 cm).
Presented in memory of Curt Valentin by his friends in 1954.

Enclosed in a 19,000 sq-ft courtyard with reflecting pools are figurative and abstract sculpture by Burton, Caro, Hunt, Lachaise, Malliol, Matisse, Lipchitz, Moore, Nadelman, Oldenburg.

Museum of Modern Art, New York

11 West 53rd Street
New York, NY 10019 USA

Tel. 001 - 212 - 708 94 00
Fax 001 - 212 - 70898 84

The MoMA also has at least two Rodin sculptures: a bronze cast of The Monument to Balzac and a copy of John the Baptist.

Drawing: Nude with Serpent, 1900-05, watercolour and pencil, 32 x 24,7 cm [Lampert Nr. 184, pl. 289].

While two other New York Museums, the Brooklyn and the Metropolitan - see above - have a much broader Rodin collection, the MoMA offers an online Database (called "DADABASE") with direct access to the catalog system of the vast MoMA Library. This catalog shows more than 280 entries on publications concerning Auguste Rodin and so is an invaluable tool for everyone who wants to track in-depth publications on this subject.


Click the CD to access the "DADABASE" Catalog of the MoMA Library and find relevant publications on Art themes.

From 7 Oct. 1999 - 1 Febr. 2000, the MoMa organized the exhibition "ModernStarts: People" exploring aspects of figural representation in early modernism, also featuring Rodin's studies for his Monument to Balzac.

Topics addressed in Composing with the Figure ranged from theatrical postures to the spatial relationship between the figure and its environment, and the reshaping or decomposition of the figure, with works by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Edvard Munch, Fernand Léger, and Marcel Duchamp. A thematic exhibition, Actors, Dancers, Bathers, traced the development of these genres from Paul Cézanne and André Derain to contemporary photography. The Language of the Body investigated gesture, portrait heads, and facial expressions in all mediums, including prints by Odilon Redon and Paul Klee. Posed to Unposed: Encounters with the Camera explored the development of figure compositions throughout the entire history of photography. Expression and the Series juxtaposed Auguste Rodin’s sculpted heads of Honoré de Balzac and Henri Matisse’s heads of his neighbor Jeanette Vaderin. Finally, Unique Forms of Continuity in Space was an installation of large figurative sculptures.

  "Rodin and Matisse" by Beatrice Kernan, is an intensely focused study of Rodin's studies for his Monument to Balzac, and Matisse's heads of Jeanette. (1999)


New York State Museum

The New York State Museum is located in downtown Albany, New York, in the Empire State Plaza across from the State Capitol.

Press Officer: Donna Liquori,
Tel. 001 - 212 -474 00 79, E-mail Donna Liquori

Today, the State Museum's collections number more than five million artifacts and specimens.

2 March 2001- 6 May 2001:
Figure and Form, Rodin to Matisse Sculpture and Works on Paper from The Museum of Modern Art.

The exhibition,drawn in part from The Museum of Modern Art's landmark " Modern Starts" exhibition, showed Rodin's large-sized Monument to Balzac, Matisse's Large Seated Nude, and Giacometti's Tall Figure III.

Organized by John Elderfield, Chief Curator-at-Large, and Elizabeth Levine, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Painting and Sculpture, MoMa

The Salomon R. Guggenheim Museum has been in the news for its global expansion strategy. Not only does the New York mother Museum have affiliates in New York-SoHo, Bilbao, Venice and Berlin - with further units planned in New York-East River and Las Vegas -, it also has forged a strategic alliance with the St. Petersburg Hermitage, the Kunsthistorisches Museum and the Graphische Sammlung Albertina in Vienna, the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie in Karlsruhe and the Japanese internet-holding Softbank. This should facilitate the organization of international exhibitions and realize Director Thomas Krenz´s vision of a "Museum of the 21st Century". One of the services offered will be a huge image Database containg millions of reproduced art works, that can be used against license fees. This Database can be accessed at

Salomon R. Guggenheim Museum

1071 Fifth Avenue at 88th Street
New York, New York

Tel. 001 - 212 - 423 35 00

The image archivecan be reached under
Tel. 001 - 212- 423 3705 or

The Website has a searchable Database on a limited numbers of works. (see also information in left column on the planned new Database).

Although the Guggenheim specializes in 20th Century Art, it does not seem to own Rodin works, in 1971 the Museum organized a show acknowledging Rodin as the founding father of modern sculpture: "Development of Sculpture in the 20th Century: From Rodin to Christo".

A photo from a personal Website
published by Eileene Coscolluela

Rockefeller Center

630 Fifth Avenue (at 48th Street)
New York, New York 10020 USA

Tel. 001 - 212 - 332 34 00
Fax 001 - 212 - 332 34 01

The Art Deco office building complex consists of 19 buildings and scores of upscale shops and restaurants. Since 1932, art has been an integral part of Rockefeller Center. With over 100 works by more than 30 artists, the Center holds an important public art collection.

From 17 June 1998 - 31 August 1998, the Rockefeller Center showed eight large-scale bronze sculptures by Rodin on loan from the Cantor Foundation, arranged in a traditional French Garden setting.

Beginning on Fifth Avenue with The Three Shades, visitors were invited along the Channel Gardens to a central grove providing an intimate setting for the Burghers of Calais, alongside Whistler's Muse, Meditation and Monumental Torso of the Walking Man. The show also included The Thinker, which had been transported from its traditional place at Stanford University to New York.

For comments on the Thinker´s trip:

Website E-mail:

Gallery E-mail:

Dawn, pencil and watercolor
on paper

Portrait of Victor Hugo , drypoint

Albright-Knox Art Gallery

Buffalo 1285 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, New York 14222-1096 USA

Tel. 001 - 716 - 882 87 00
Fax 001 - 716 - 882 19 58

Curators: Douglas Dreishpoon and Kenneth Wayne
Assistant Curator: Claire Schneider

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery, named after John J. Albright and Seymour H. Knox, Jr., owns copies of The Age of Bronze and Eve, cast still during Rodin´s lifetime, Rodin drawings and a drypoint, and lithograph portraits of Rodin by Renoir and Baskin.

In the 1999 exhibition Carved, Modeled, Assembled, Welded, Drawn , the Museum´s remarkable collection of sculpture after 1945 was displayed.

The searchable Database shows following Rodin entries:

Age of Bronze,1875-76, bronze, cast 1911 
   (3rd copy), purchased in 1925

   Eve, 1881, bronze, cast 1913

   Dawn, pencil and watercolor on paper

   Greek Dancer, ca. 1890, ink, watercolor on paper

   Portrait of Victor Hugo , drypoint

   Portrait of Rodin by Pierre-Auguste Renoir,
     1910, lithograph

   Rodin by Leonard Baskin, lithograph edition 73/100

Nassau County Museum

One Museum Drive
Roslyn Harbor, New York 11576 USA
(20 miles east of New York City)

Tel. 001 - 516 - 484 93 38.

With over 35 sculptures in total and a 145 acre landscape, the "Museum Without Walls" is one of the largest publicly-accessible outdoor sculpture gardens on the east coast, containing works by Auguste Rodin, Allen Bertoldi, Fernando Botero, Alexander Calder, Chaim Gross, Masayuki Nagare, Reuben Nakian, Barnett Newman, Marino Marini, , Richard Serra, Mark di Suvero and Tony Smith.

Some works are on extended loans from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art.

From 26 Sept. 1999 - 2 Jan. 2000, the Museum also hosted the Rodin exhibition with over 70 sculptures drawn from the Cantor Collection.

Charles E. Slatkin Gallery, New York

In cooperation with the Musée Rodin, The Charles Slatkin Gallery staged a major Rodin exhibition in 1963, that toured through the USA and Canada till January 1965. Today, the Gallery is not in operation any more.

  Catalog with an introduction by Leo Steinberg, Slatkin Gallery, New York, 1963.

David Daniels

According to the Cleveland Museum of Art Slide Library, a bronze copy of the Walking Man is held by "David Daniels, New York".

There exist a singer, an athlete and a visual poet called David Daniels - I guess the last might be the right person.


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