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1 Auguste RODIN 1840 - 1917 “Le Grand Penseur” “The Monumental Thinker” Bronze sculpture - 1880 Signed on the base A. RODIN From the edition of twenty five numbered 1/25 to 25/25 Cast in 1998* at the VALSUANI FOUNDRY - Paris 180 centimeters in height – 71 inches 1,440 pounds Valsuani Foundry mark Stamped 1998 and 21/25 Certification & Authorization by The Rodin Museum – Paris 1998 * Most examples of the first edition of approximately 24 bronzes were also cast posthumously, ending in 1968. Two thirds of the first edition were cast after Rodin’s death. 2 Presentation – History of the Work First conceived as the central and crowning figure of the “Gates of Hell” 1880, a monumental group of sculptures commissioned by the French government, Rodin’s impressive composition, “The Thinker” has become as an independant work, indubitably one of the most well-known and celebrated sculpture of all times. The first exhibited version in 1888 in Copenhagen, was in plaster and 71.5 cm high. Only in 190...