The National Museum of Western Art

update 12 September 2018

on display Permanent Collection

Auguste Rodin [Paris, 1840 - Meudon, 1917]

The Crouching Woman

Datec. 1882 (enlarged in c. 1906-08)
Size (cm)96 x 68 x 55
InscriptionsSigned left side of base: A. Rodin; Foundry mark back of base: Alexis Rudier / Fondeur Paris
Credit LineMatsukata Collection
Collection NumberS.1959-0020
The Crouching Woman
Photo by (c) Norihiro Ueno

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)


Kojiro Matsukata; Sequestered by the French Government, 1944; Returned to Japan, 1959.

Exhibition History

The Masterpieces of the Ex-Matsukata Collection, National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 14 May 1960 - 10 July 1960, S-20
[Tour Exhibition] Rodin, The Kurayoshi Museum, 13 May 1988 - 12 June 1988, cat. no. 14
Rodin et la Porte de l’Enfer (Rodin and the Gates of Hell), National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 21 October 1989 - 17 December 1989, cat. no. 17
Rodin et le Japon, Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art, 28 April 2001 - 10 June 2001, Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, 22 June-19 August, cat. no. 188, col. repr.
Traces of Hands: Sculpture and Drawings by Rodin and Bourdelle from the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 3 November 2012 - 27 January 2013, cat. no. 39


The Old Matsukata Collection. Kobe City Museum, ed. Kobe, "Matsukata Korekushon Ten" Jikkoiinkai, 1990, cat. no. S-34.

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