Influenced by the masters of Antiquity, the genius of Michelangelo and Baroque sculpture, particularly of Bernini, Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) is one of the most renowned artists in history. Though Rodin is considered a founder of modern sculpture, he did not set out to critique past classical traditions. Many of his sculptures were criticised and considered controversial because of their sensuality or hyperrealist qualities. His most original works departed from traditional themes of mythology and allegory, and embraced the human body, celebrating individualism and physicality. This book uncovers the life and career of this highly acclaimed artist by exploring his most famous works of art, such as the Gates of Hell, The Thinker and the infamous The Kiss.
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The Sensual Surface
Fame and Fortune
Rodins Late Drawings
The Hôtel Biron
LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
Age of Bronze artist Auguste Rodin Balzac in Dominican Baudelaire’s Beautiful Burghers of Calais Bust of Victor Call to Arms Cambodian Dancer Standing Camille Claudel collaboration with Carrier-Belleuse cream-coloured paper Danaid Dante’s Degas’s doors Dreyfus affair Eternal Idol Eternal Spring exhibition female models figures Fugit Amor Garden of Pain Gates of Hell Hair Leaning Backwards Hélène von Nostitz Helmet-Maker’s Wife Hôtel Biron Isadora Duncan Kiss late drawings late erotic drawings Lead and stump Lead and watercolour Lead pencil Leg with Outstretched lintel detail Long Hair Leaning man’s Marble Meudon Mirbeau’s Musée Rodin Nude Study obsession ofAdèle Paolo and Francesca Paris pencil on cream-coloured posed public commission Rainer Maria Rilke recorded as saying Rodin meets Rodin modelled Rodin’s art Rodin’s private Rose Beuret Salon Sapphic Couple Lying sculptures Seated Sapphic Couple sensual studio stump and watercolour stump on paper supported Rodin Thinker Torso of Adèle Victor Hugo watercolour on paper