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172nd anniversary of Auguste Rodin


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Today Google pays tribute to the August Rodin’s 172nd birth: considered the progenitor of modern sculpture, François-Auguste-René Rodin possessed a unique ability to model a complex, turbulent, deeply pocketed surface in clay.During his life (12 November 1840 – 17 November 1917) many of his most notable sculptures were roundly criticized.He was schooled traditionally, took a craftsman-like approach to his work, and desired academic recognition, although he was never accepted into Paris’s foremost school of art.Rodin’s most original work departed from traditional themes of mythology and allefory, modeled the human body with realism, and celebrated individual character and physicality.

Rodin was sensitive to the controversy surrounding his work, but refused to change his style. Meanwhile, successive works brought increasing favor from the government and the artistic community.

From the unexpected realism of his first major figure — inspired by his 1875 trip to Italy — to the unconventional memorials whose commissions he later sought, Rodin’s reputation grew, such that he became the preeminent French sculptor of his time.

By 1900, he was a world-renowned artist. Wealthy private clients sought Rodin’s work after his World’s Fair exhibit, and he kept company with a variety of high-profile intellectuals and artists.

He married his lifelong companion, Rose Beuret, in the last year of both their lives.

His sculptures suffered a decline in popularity after his death in 1917, but within a few decades, his legacy solidified.

When Rodin was 76 years old he gave the French government the entire collection of his own works and other art objects he had acquired. They occupy the Hotel Biron in Paris as the Musee Rodin and are still placed as Rodin set them.

Rodin remains one of the few sculptors widely known outside the visual arts community.


the kiss

The Kiss 
1886 (100 Kb); Bronze, 87 x 51 x 55 cm; Musee Rodin, Paris

the thinker

The Thinker

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The Gates of Hell

1880-1917 (260 Kb); Bronze, 18 x 12 ft

“[The artist] must celebrate that poignant struggle which is the basis of our existence and which brings to grips the body and the soul. Nothing is more moving than the maddened beast, perishing in lust and begging vainly for mercy from an insatiable passion.”

Auguste Rodin

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