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Eustache

Henry J. Simonds, Pittsburgh, PA
March 17, 2010
Ed. of 5 - 22½” x 30”x 1”
Piezo print on archival polymer paper on aluminum
Signed, titled, dated, and numbered on back of mount


This image focuses on the weathered visage in the bronze sculpture Nude Study of Eustache de Saint-Pierre by Auguste Rodin (1886-87).  This figure was a study for the famous sculpture Les Bourgeois de Calais (1889), which commemorated the leadership and self-sacrifice of de Saint-Pierre and five other town elders in the port city of Calais (France) during the Hundred Years’ War.  Having won the commission to create a monument for the townspeople of Calais in 1885, Rodin chose to portray the misery and doubt these men felt as they surrendered themselves and the keys to their city to King Edward III in 1347, after a yearlong siege.  Their heroic arrival at the city gates, emaciated, clad in rags, with their necks in nooses, convinced the enemy captors to spare Calais’ citizens and ultimately the lives of the six doomed men. 
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