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Bourdelle is generally acclaimed as the most important heir to Rodin, in whose studio he was an assistant from 1893 until 1908. Upon his separation from Rodin, however, he sought direct inspiration in the work of the famous Neoclassical painter Ingres, a native of the sculptor’s own hometown of Montauban. Bourdelle sculpted a portrait of Ingres in 1908 while developing Penelope, the pose of which, based on ancient Roman models, was among Ingres’s favorites.

In Bourdelle’s earliest versions, Penelope held a spindle to identify her as the steadfast wife of Odysseus, who, in Homer’s epic account of the Trojan War, endures the long absence of her warrior husband by weaving a shroud. In the fully e...

Cast bronze, dark green patina
119.7 x 43.8 x 37.5 cm
AP 1969.03
Image and text © Kimbell Art Museum, 2018

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