Victor Hugo (1886; France) by Auguste Rodin

Victor Hugo - Auguste Rodin - 1886; France

Artwork Information

TitleVictor Hugo
ArtistAuguste Rodin
Date1886; France
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationCalouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon, Portugal

About Victor Hugo

The sculpture “Victor Hugo” was crafted by Auguste Rodin in 1886 and is currently housed at the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon, Portugal. Originating from France and classified as part of the Impressionism movement, this work is a three-dimensional representation rendered in the medium of sculpture.

The artwork depicted in the image shows a bust of Victor Hugo, the famous French writer. It captures a strong sense of personality and character. Rodin’s reputation for textured, expressive surfaces that play with light and shadow is evident here. The sculpture displays Victor Hugo’s head and shoulders, his visage characterized by a thoughtful, perhaps contemplative expression; his gaze seems slightly off to the distance. He is depicted with clear, detailed facial features which include his prominent forehead, deep-set eyes, sculpted cheekbones, and a full beard with a mustache, all contributing to the likeness of the literary figure. The textures of his hair and beard appear particularly lifelike, adding a tactile quality to the work.

Rodin’s skill in capturing the essence and personality of his subjects is illustrative of his approach to sculpture, where he often left parts of the sculpture seemingly unfinished or roughly textured, which provided a stark contrast to the more refined areas of the piece. This technique became a hallmark of Rodin’s style and indicates his association with Impressionist principles, despite working in sculpture rather than paint.

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