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National Gallery of Art, Canberra

Parkes Place,

Tel. +61- 2 - 6240 6502 for information

The National Gallery in Canberra was in the news recently, as American architect Daniel Libeskind claimed the new Aborigenes Wing by Ashton Raggatt and McDougall is an exact copy of  the Berlin Jewish Museum designed by Libeskind some years ago.

The Sculpture Garden was designed  in 1981 already, to display important monumental sculptures from many countries within outdoor 'galleries'. Native plants and various ground surfaces define these areas and provide intimate viewing conditions. Here you will also find four of Rodin´s Burghers of Calais. The Museum also owns some photogravures drawn from Steichen´s bichromate gum prints of Rodin´s work.


National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

Due to redevelopment the Gallery is temporarily moving to its old home on Russell Street situated behind the State Library of Victoria, corner Latrobe Street:

285-321 Russell Street, Melbourne, Australia
P.O. Box 7259 Melbourne VIC 8004
Tel. +61 - 3 - 9208 0222
Fax +61 - 3 - 9208 0245 (Until further notice)

Assistant Curator, International Art: Laurie Benson

The National Gallery of Victoria, founded in 1861, is the oldest public art gallery in Australia. Among its holdings of ca. 20,000 art works are French impressionist paintings (Monet, Sisley, Renoir, Pissaro, Cezanne, Manet and Signac) and seven Rodin sculptures, that cannot be accessed through the Website yet. The NGV is working on a project to digitize the complete collection, though.

  Jean Paul Laurens, ca.1890, bronze
     58.1 x 39.1 x 31.1 cm

   Monument to Balzac, 1898, cast 1967 bronze
      270.2 x 117.0 x 128.5 cm

   Minerve Sans Casque, marble, 48.2 x 26.9 x 27.5cm

   The Thinker, bronze, 1880, 73 x 37 x 50.8cm

   Man with a Broken Nose, bronze,
     30.8 x 19.5x 15.2cm

   Lion Roaring, ca. 1881, bronze, 29 x 33.7 x 15.2cm

   Kissing Babes, 1888, bronze, 35.3 x 47 x 25.4cm
     (The Idyll of Ixelles, 1876? - HdR)









Prodigal Son



The Second Maquette for 
"The Burghers of Calais" 

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Art Gallery Road, The Domain
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia

General Switchboard: 612 9225 1700
Information Desk: 612 9225 1744
General Fax: 612 9221 6226
What's On Line: 612 9225 1790 (Recorded Message)

Press Office:
Phone: 612 9225 1791
Fax: 612 9221 3185

Senior Curator of European Art: Dr. Richard Beresford,

Formally established in 1874, the Art Gallery of New South Wales houses some of the world's richest and most rewarding collections of art.

The Art Gallery of New South Wales has a Site Search system that used to produce two entries on Rodin:

  The Prodigal Son, 1881-1887, cast 1970, bronze,
     139.5 x 76.2 x 71.1cm, William Farnsworth
     Bequest Fund 1979

  Springtime, 1883, drypoint, 14.8 x 10.0cm,  
    Anonymous gift 1984

Moreover, the Art Gallery of NSW recently received a gift of nine posthumous Rodin bronze casts from David Jones Ltd:

The Art Gallery of New South Wales  announces a significant gift to the Collection of 9 sculptures by AUGUSTE RODIN through the generosity of David Jones Ltd 

including a complete set of bronze casts The Burghers of Calais 
regarded as one of Rodin’s greatest achievements 

Sydney: 11 December (2001), 11am: It is with the greatest pleasure that the Art Gallery of New South Wales announces the gift by David Jones Ltd of an outstanding group of sculptures by the great artist, Auguste Rodin. Most prominently the David Jones Gift includes a complete set of the six figures that constitute Rodin’s second maquette (or sketch model) for The Burghers of Calais, one of the artist's major masterpieces and a landmark in the history of European sculpture. 

The Burghers of Calais reached its definitive form when the group of over-lifesize figures was cast in bronze in 1895 and installed in the town of Calais on the north coast of France. The monument had been commissioned in 1884 to commemorate an historic episode during the Hundred Years' War, when a group of prominent citizens offered their lives to save the population of the town. Rodin overturned convention to produce a monument, which is as revolutionary in form as it is in expressive power. He challenged almost every traditional attribute of monumental sculpture to create a harrowing image of heroic suffering, one with which the spectator cannot but engage at an intensely emotional and physical level. 

David Jones’ generous gift includes three further Rodin bronzes. The intimate Mask of Iris reveals Rodin's unparalleled sensitivity and dexterity in the handling of clay as he seeks our forms and patterns of light, which imbue the face with both life and psychological depth. The Gallery’s own cast of The Prodigal Son acquired in 1979 is now joined by a comparable female figure from the David Jones Gift known as Invocation. The final work by Rodin to enter the Gallery’s collection is the confusingly titled Monument to Whistler. This armless figure began life as a Muse on which Rodin seems to have begun work in 1905 using his mistress, the painter, Gwen John, as his model. 

It is appropriate that along with the works by Rodin, the David Jones Gift adds to the Collection a representation of the distinguished twentieth-century British sculptor Elizabeth Frink. Frink remained a figurative sculptor throughout her career exploring above all the theme of the male nude. She belonged to a generation of sculptors for whom the example of Rodin remained a vital stimulus. 

Media information 
Claire Martin, Press Office 
Telephone (02) 9225 1734 mobile 0414 437 588 


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