Posted by Delightfull on Monday, November 12, 2012 ⋅ Leave a comment
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.
1886 (100 Kb); Bronze, 87 x 51 x 55 cm; Musee Rodin, Paris
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.”