* Auguste Rodin

Rodin 1840-1917. For a long time the life of the sculptor Rodin was marked by the mixed reactions his work provoked with his audience. The lack of understanding for Rodin's work was partly due to the original character of his art. He felt little for the strict formats of Romanticism and neighter did he want to identify himself with the neutralit...

Rodin 1840-1917. For a long time the life of the sculptor Rodin was marked by the mixed reactions his work provoked with his audience. The lack of understanding for Rodin's work was partly due to the original character of his art. He felt little for the strict formats of Romanticism and neighter did he want to identify himself with the neutrality of the Impressionists. Rodin's work is characterised by a passion for the human body and he considered himself incapable of any creativity if he did not have a living model in front of him. "In everything I follow nature and never pretend I am able to control her. My only ambition is to be subservient and faithful to her". He said. Questions about his often controversial, erotic works were answered with the remark: "Art is actually nothing more than a manifestation of lust, which only arises from the potency of love". Rodin's life upheld this belief with a vast succession of lovers having passed his artistic eye. Many affairs were brief, but one of them turned out to be of enormous value to his later work: Camille Claudel. This self-willed, fierce woman, who was a very talented sculptor herself, inspired him to create his most famous and admired sculptures. The affair continued for a long time, although Camille had to put up with Rodin's numerous escapades and his loyal companion Rose Beuret. Eventually, the affair ended and Camille suffered the dramatic consequences of this split. She became isolated and confused and in the end she was forced by her family to have herself admitted to a psychiatric hospital. Towards the end of his life, Rodin could look back upon a successful career. He had given his work to the French government, which had in turn promised to found a museum in his name. Rodin was buried with full honours and the words his father had once spoken turned out to be prophetic: "The day will come that people will say about you, what they say about all trully great men: the artist Auguste Rodin is dead, but he lives on for our descendants, for the future".

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  • Height 20 cm. The ‘Gates of Hell’ would be flanked by two life-sized figures: Adam and Eve. Rodincreated multiple studies for Eve, but none of these were used to accompany the gates. Height 20 cm. The ‘Gates of Hell’...

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  • Height 17 cm. The lovers exude the joy Rodin experienced during the first years of his relationship with Camille Claudel as does the renowned sculpture ‘The Kiss’. At that time, he discovered, as he put it, how much the combination of physical attraction and mental compatibility could mean to a man. Height 17 cm. The lovers exude the...

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  • Height 22 cm. Like “The Thinker” and many other well-known sculptures the “Crouching Woman” is based on a figure from the tympan of the Gates of Hell, a bronze portal meant for the Musée des Arts Décoratifs which was never finished. There she represents, with her caryatid-like pose, powerful and vulnerable at the same time, one of the lost souls. Height 22 cm. Like “The Thinker” and...

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  • Height 23 cm. As Rodin grew older, his work became increasingly sketch-like and abstract. Dance was an important source of inspiration to him. He tried to capture the essence of the movements and was not at all interested in anatomical detail. In contrast to Degas, Rodin did not like classical ballet. He preferred the spontaneous, natural movements of... Height 23 cm. As Rodin grew older,...

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  • Height 23 cm. As Rodin grew older, his work became increasingly sketch-like and abstract. Dance was an important source of inspiration to him. He tried to capture the essence of the movements and was not at all interested in anatomical detail. In contrast to Degas, Rodin did not like classical ballet. He preferred the spontaneous, natural movements of... Height 23 cm. As Rodin grew older,...

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