Auguste Rodin  (French, 1840-1917) 

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Auguste Rodin (French, 1840–1917) is renowned as one of the foremost French sculptors of the 19th century, celebrated for his expressive and modern depictions of the human form in bronze as well as other materials. Rodin was born in Paris, and studied decorative arts and sculpture intensely at the Petite École while still in his youth; although he wished to continue his practice, he was rejected by the prestigious École des Beaux-Arts three times by the age of 18. He began creating works commercially to help support his family, and after the death of his sister at a young age, briefly joined a religious order. There he was encouraged to return to what he was most passionate about—painting and sculpting—and he eventually returned to creating work commercially by day and pursuing his own work by night in the 1860s.

During these early years, he often used his lifelong partner Rose Bueret as a model, in addition to creating other figurative sculptures such as Man with a Broken Nose in bronze, which were rejected by the Salon. Rodin traveled to Rome in the 1870s, where he was inspired to create works with more classical subject matter. Upon his return to Paris he created several polemical works, such as Saint John the Baptist, which incited controversy for its portrayal of a saint as an unidealized nude. In 1880, Rodin received a commission from the French Ministry of Fine Arts to create The Gates of Hell, a monumental bronze work that eventually lead to the creation of many of his later sculptures, including The Thinker and The Three Shades. Rodin’s reputation grew throughout the 1880s, and his production and workshop expanded as he made more freestanding sculptures and bronze busts of friends and acquaintances from Parisian high society. Rodin’s later monumental series, including the moving narrative of the The Burghers of Calais created on commission for the town of Calais, France, and his portraits of Balzac, confirmed his status as a sculptor with uniquely expressive abilities. In 1900, an entire pavilion at the Paris World’s Fair exhibited his work, and during the final years of his life he had as many as 50 assistants helping him complete the high number of commissions he received. He died just outside of Paris in 1917. Today his work can be found in the collections of the Rodin Museum in Philadelphia, the Cantor Center in California, the Musée Rodin in Paris, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the Tate in London, among many other institutions.

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Auguste Rodin, TWO HANDS - STUDY FOR THE SECRET

 

Auguste Rodin
TWO HANDS - STUDY FOR THE SECRET
1957

Side by Side Gallery Akim Monet GmbH
Auguste Rodin, THE HAND OF GOD

 

Auguste Rodin
THE HAND OF GOD
circa 1935

Side by Side Gallery Akim Monet GmbH
Auguste Rodin, ONE OF THE BURGHERS OF CALAIS:  EUSTACHE OF SAINT-PIERRE (LEFT HAND), final state

 

Auguste Rodin
ONE OF THE BURGHERS OF CALAIS: EUSTACHE OF SAINT-PIERRE (LEFT HAND), final state
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Auguste Rodin, HAND no. 20, small model

 

Auguste Rodin
HAND no. 20, small model
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Auguste Rodin, Le Torse d’Adèle

 

Auguste Rodin
Le Torse d’Adèle
1878

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Auguste Rodin, The Cathedral

 

Auguste Rodin
The Cathedral
1908

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Auguste Rodin, Faune et Faunesse

 

Auguste Rodin
Faune et Faunesse
Galeria La Cometa
Auguste Rodin, Seated female nude, her hand on her sex

 

Auguste Rodin
Seated female nude, her hand on her sex
circa 1900

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Auguste Rodin, Baingeuse Zoubaloff

 

Auguste Rodin
Baingeuse Zoubaloff
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After Auguste Rodin, Éternel printemps

 

After Auguste Rodin
Éternel printemps, 1998
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After Auguste Rodin, Eve

 

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Eve, 1998
bronze

 

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After Auguste Rodin, Danaïde

 

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Danaïde
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1840   Born November 12th in Paris, France
1854 - 1857   Attended the school of decorative arts and studied under sculptor Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux
1862   After the death of his older sister, Maria, he joined a Christian order for a few years and turned away from art
1866   Had a son with lifelong companion Rose Beuret but never married her or legally claimed paternity on the child
1875   First entry accepted into the Paris Salon, "The Man with the Broken Nose"
1877   Returned to Paris, with Rose, and settled on the West Bank
1880   Commissioned by French government to design doorway for the Museum of Decorative Arts
1893   "The Kiss" brought to the Columbian Exposition in Chicago and rejected for being too erotic for public display
1917   Died November 7th in Meudon, France
2006 - 2007   Sept. 23 - Jan. 1, "Rodin", Royal Academy of Arts
2006   Jan. 28 - April 30, "Rodin: A Magnificent Obsession", Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
2005 - 2006   Sept. 27 - Jan. 29, "Masques et Tissus d'egypte", Musee Rodin, Paris
2005 - 2006   Nov. 17 - Feb. 26, "Rodin, Brancusi, Giacometti, Louis Borgeois, Vermeiren...", Musee Rodin, Paris
2005 - 2006   Oct. 22 - Jan. 15, "Die Obere Halfte - Die Buste Seit Auguste Rodin", Kunsthalle Emden, Ostfriesland, Germany
2005 - 2006   Sept. 25 - Jan. 29, "Lehmbruck, Rodin, Maillol", Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum, Duisbourg, Germany
2005   Sept. 3 - Nov. 20, " Aristide Maillol - Bildhauer, Maler, Zeichner, Graphiker", Kunsthaus Apolda, Germany
2005   Sept. 9 - Nov. 27, "Rodin Beuys", Kunsthalle Schirn, Frankfurt, Germany
2005   Sept. 4 - Nov. 20, "Rodin - Skulpturen, Awuarelle, Fotografien", Stadtmuseum, Jena, Germany
2005   May 26 - Sept. 11, "Camille Claudel & Rodin: Fateful Encounter", Musee National des Beaux-arts du Quebec
2005   May, "Mes Tresors Antiques", Musee Rodin, Paris
2005   June 6 - Sept. 10, "Hommes", Musee Rodin, Paris