The ‘Crouching Woman’ is an outdoor bronze sculpture by the French sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840-1917). It depicts a distorted figure of a woman crouching with her head turned towards her right. The sculpture is exhibited in the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., the United States.
For the composition of this sculpture, Rodin did not stick to the traditional conventions of his times, but he created a distorted and unusually twisted figure modeled after Adèle Abruzzezzi, an artist’s model from central Italy, who also was the model for Rodin’s Eve (1881), a standing bronze sculpture.
The Crouching Woman, which also exists in other media and sizes in other locations also, was originally modeled during the period 1882-1884 as a clay model (or terracotta), and enlarged in 1907-1911, based on which the bronze version was cast in 1962 for the Hirshhorn Museum.
Another version of the Crouching Woman can be found with the title ‘La Femme accroupie’ at the Kröller-Müller Museum in the Hoge Veluwe National Park in Otterlo in the Netherlands.