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Believe it or not, the model was not Charles Baudelaire. Baudelaire was a poet and art critic. Auguste Rodin created a series of busts of famous figures of his time, including Baudelaire, George Bernard Shaw and Georges Clemenceau. He chose to use a draftsman named Malteste as the model for the bust of Baudelaire. According to Rodin, Malteste had the characteristics he sought for the mask: "See the enormous forehead, swollen at the temples, dented, tormented, handsome nevertheless…."

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