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Burghers of Calais
  Retail Price: $5,995.00
  Our Price:   $3,865.00

Burghers of Calais by Auguste Rodin

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This is one of Rodin's most complicated and intriguing sculptures. Not quite as famous as "The Thinker" or "The Kiss," but the history and story behind the sculpture make it a very interesting sculpture for display in any art collection.

This sculpture measures 26" tall x 27" wide.  It can be done in the Verdi green patina as shown or in a classic brown.

In 1884 Rodin submitted a maquette for a competition in Calais, France to erect a monument in honor of a local hero, Eustache de Saint-Pierre. This hero was part of a dramatic event that occurred in Calais in 1347, during the Hundred Years War. Six leading citizens of Calais volunteered themselves as hostages to the English king Edward III in exchange for his lifting an eleven-month siege on their city. Eustache de Saint-Pierre was the first of six brave citizens to surrender. Rodin was greatly moved by the power of the story and offered to depict all six men for a modest sum. He began by studying the history surrounding the event as well as other artistic depictions of the burghers.

The monument was proposed by the mayor of Calais for the town's square in 1880. Rodin's design was controversial, as it did not present the burghers in a heroic manner, rather they appeared sullen and worn. The monument was innovative in that it presented the burghers at the same level as the viewers, rather than on a traditional pedestal, although until 1924 the city council of Calais, against Rodin's wishes, displayed the statue on an elevated base.

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