'Sister and Brother', 1901
Cast in bronze from a plaster model
Accession Number WAG3177
Rodin is better known for his representation of adult love. But in this tender group he has focussed on the touching affection shown as the sister coaxes the squirming boy onto her knee. Her pensiveness lends a timeless sense to a momentary action.
The charming mood evoked by the group looks back to the work Rodin produced when employed at the Sèvres ceramics factory, near Paris, in the late 1870s. Rodin's first cast of the subject was probably made in the 1880s, but the Liverpool collector, James Smith, ordered this sculpture in 1901.
Bequeathed by James Smith in 1927.