The Crouching Woman

Auguste Rodinc. 1882 (enlarged in c. 1906-08)

The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo

The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo
Tokyo, Japan

This "Crouching Woman" is more or less identical to the woman about to fall on her back in the tympanum of "The Gates of Hell" at the back left of "The Thinker". The figure in the tympanum has her left leg stretched downwards so that her right hand is tucked between the calf and the thigh of her left leg instead of holding her left ankle. Compared to this independent statue, the figure on the "Gates" appears self-indulgent but free and natural in posture. In this bronze, each part of the body is tightly condensed in an intense frontality. It should be an extremely unnatural pose, but somehow she has dropped off into a doze squatted like a newborn creature in primitive phase. (Source: The Digital Gallery. 1999-2006)


  • Title: The Crouching Woman
  • Creator Lifespan: 1840 - 1917
  • Creator Nationality: French
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Death Place: Meudon
  • Creator Birth Place: Paris
  • Date Created: c. 1882 (enlarged in c. 1906-08)
  • Location Created: France
  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings: Signed left side of base: A. Rodin; Foundry mark back of base: Alexis Rudier / Fondeur Paris
  • Sculptor: Auguste Rodin
  • Provenance: Kojiro Matsukata; Sequestered by the French Government, 1944; Returned to Japan, 1959.
  • Physical Dimensions: w680 x h960 x d550 mm
  • Object title (Japanese): うずくまる女
  • Object notes (Japanese): この《うずくまる女》は、《地獄の門》のテュンパヌムの中で、《考える人》の左手背後で仰向けに倒れそうな姿勢で表わされている作品とほぼ同一である。テュンパヌムの像は左脚をやや下方に伸ばし、そのため右手は左足首をつかむのではなく、ふくらはぎと腿の間にはさまれており、この単独像よりも方恣ではあるが自由で自然なポーズに見える。このブロンズの単独像では、あらゆる肉体の部分が強調された正面性の中に緊密にまとめられている。極めて不自然なポーズであるはずなのに、彼女は誕生したばかりの原初の生物のように、地に腰を落してまどろんでいる。(出典: デジタルギャラリー. 1999-2006)
  • Artist Name (Japanese): ロダン、オーギュスト
  • Type: Sculptures
  • Rights: Matsukata Collection, http://www.nmwa.go.jp/en/information/privacy.html
  • External Link: The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo
  • Medium: Bronze

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