Musée Rodin, Paris, Île-de-France, France

François Auguste René Rodin (12 November 1840 – 17 November 1917), known as Auguste , was a French sculptor. Although Rodin is generally considered the progenitor of modern sculpture, he did not set out to rebel against the past. 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. Sculpturally, Rodin possessed a unique ability to model a complex, turbulent, deeply pocketed surface in clay. Many of his most notable sculptures were roundly criticized during his lifetime. They clashed with predominant figurative sculpture traditions, in which works were decorative, formulaic, or highly thematic. Rodin’s most original work departed from traditional themes of mythology and allegory, 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. Successive works brought increasing favour from the government and the artistic community.

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Signature of Auguste Rodin
Young Girl with Roses on her Hat , 1865
Portrait of Rodin, 1882, Alphonse Legros

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Bellona, 1879
Paolo and Francesca in the clouds, 1904-1905, in front of Nude in the Sunlight, ca 1880, Auguste Renoir
Study for Le Monument aux Bourgeois de Calais, 1889

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She who was the helmetmaker’s once-beautiful wife, 1887
Eternal Springtime, ca 1884
The Age of Bronze. 1877

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The Thinker, 1903

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The Kiss, ca 1882

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Eve, 1881
La Centauresse, ca 1887
Study, ca 1888

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Two Hands, ca 1909

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Draped Torso of the Age of Bronze. ca 1895-1896
Hand of God, 1896
The Bendedictions, 1894

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The Age of Maturity or Destiny or the Path of Life or fatality, 1899

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Mother and Child

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Detail of sculpture in the garden
The Kiss, ca 1882
Detail of sculpture of angel
Detail of sculpture of face of young boy
Farewell, ca 1898
Young Girl with Roses on her Hat , 1865

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Garden at the Rodin Museum

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Sculptures in the gardens of the Rodin Museum

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Sculptures in the gardens of the Rodin Museum



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