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Year 1909. Bronze buste of Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) by Auguste Rodin (1840-1917). Mahler's sessions with Rodin in Paris were a 'marvelous experience' according to Alma Mahler (1879-1964): 'Rodin fell in love with the model.' She later recalled: 'He was really unhappy when we had to leave Paris, for he wanted to work on the bust much longer. He said Mahler's head was a mixture of Franklin's, Frederick the Great's and Mozart's'. Rodin created two finished busts slightly different in appearance. Model A. See also: Atelier Rodin.

Year 1909. Bronze buste of Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) by Auguste Rodin (1840-1917). Model B.

Marble buste by Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) (date unknown). Executed from recollections of the sessions with Mahler for the bronze busts (Model A and Model B). Although Rodin was especially proud of the likeness he had achieved, the marble bust was mislabeled 'Mozart'. Even today, the Rodin museum in Paris still labels the work 'Mozart (Gustav Mahler)'.

Year 1911. Death masks of Mahler taken by Carl Julius Rudolf Moll (1861-1945)Alfred Roller (1864-1935), one of Mahler's best friends, described Mahler's appearance: "When, on the morning after the night he died, I took my leave of Mahler's mortal remains, his features still bore the agony of his long struggle with death. Gustav Klimt (1862-1918), who saw him several hours later, told me what regal calm and unworldy beauty they had then taken on. This, indeed, is the way they appear in the splendid death mask taken by Carl Julius Rudolf Moll (1861-1945)." Deathmask left. 19-05-1911. Vienna, Low sanatorium. See: Gustav Mahler funeral.

Year 1911. Deatmask front. 19-05-1911. Vienna, Low sanatorium. See: Gustav Mahler funeral.

Year 1911. Deathmask right. 19-05-1911. Vienna, Low sanatorium. See: Gustav Mahler funeral.