Auguste Rodin, Claude Lorrain, 1889, Musee Rodin cast 5/8 in 1992. Bronze, 84 ½ x 42 ½ x 46 in. Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Collection.
Malvina Hoffman: Rodin’s Last Student
March 8 through April 20, 2008
In 1910, the young sculptress Malvina Hoffman (1885-1966) arrived at the door of French sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) with a letter of introduction. While it took five more attempts before she was allowed to meet the master, he immediately agreed to take her on as a pupil. What followed was a rewarding mentor/pupil relationship between one of the greatest sculptors of all time and his last student. Hoffman went on to a successful career as a sculptor, perhaps most famous for her more than 100 sculptures for the Field Museum's Hall of Man in Chicago.
In 1985 and 1986, the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art received a large number of plaster and bronze works by Malvina Hoffman. These works have periodically been on view, frequently as a part of larger thematic shows. A substantial exhibition of her work, however, hasn't happened for some time and a fortuitous loan from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation of Rodin’s sculpture of the French painter Claude Lorrain offered us the opportunity to present Malvina Hoffman: Rodin's Last Student. For six weeks only, visitors will be treated with a visual conversation between Rodin's masterpiece and more than 30 works by Hoffman from the Museum's collection.
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