Petite Tete de Danseuse (Hanako)
signed A. Rodin; #4 of 12; Musée Rodin inv. no. 894
2 1/2 x 2 1/4 in. (approx. 4 in. tall with base)
Provenance: Musée Rodin, Paris, France; Mildred & Herbert Lee Collection, Boston, Massachusetts (acquired from above in 1959); Lee Gallery, Belmont, Massachusetts; Private Massachusetts Collection (acquired from above in 1973), by descent in the family; Grogan & Company, Boston, Sale 148, Lot 106; the collection of a Chicago lady.
Other Notes: Rodin was introduced to the Japanese actress and dancer Ohta Hisa (1868–1945), known as Hanako, in 1906. Captivated by her beauty, Rodin created a series of sculptures and drawings of the actress from 1907 to 1911. This bronze was likely modeled as part of that series. This bronze is accompanied by various documentation, including a Certificat d'Origine from the Musée Rodin dated October 12, 1958.