Auguste Rodin brought the public sculpture into the modern era. Rodin's objective was to be consistent with nature. His ability to convey movement and to show the inner feelings of the men and women he portrayed,and the brilliant technical skills of his light-catching modeling, and his extraordinary use of similar figures in different mediums, have established him as one of the greatest sculptors of all time.

Rodin Works

Rodin Works, in approximate Chronological order of Modeling

1860: BUST OF JEAN-BAPTISTE RODIN

"...Rodin shows his father like a republican from Roman Times..."

1863: FATHER EYMARD

"...bordered by swelling masses of hair, adding an association of mephistolean mischief..."

1863: MASK OF THE MAN W. THE BROKEN NOSE

"...What is commonly called ugliness in nature can in art become full of great beauty...."

1967: MIGNON

"Rodin shows Rose's face with hollowed irises and with parted lips..."

1875: THE AGE OF BRONZE

"...they insist on saying it was modelled from life [...] . I am demoralized, I am exhausted..."

1876: UGOLINO AND HIS SONS

"...Racked with hunger, he ate the flesh of his sons as last survivor...."

1877: BELLONA

"...portrait of Rose known as 'Mignon' in his outline for a statue of the Republic..."

1878: sT. JOHN THE BAPTIST PREACHING

"...it was again the personality of the model that inspired Rodin for the Baptist..."


1879: VASE OF TITANS & OTHER SÈVRES VASES


1880: CROUCHING WOMAN

"...celebrated as one of the artist's
most audacious achievements in sculpture form..."

1880: FALLING MAN

"Je suis belle, ô mortels! comme un rêve de pierre..."

1880: THE GATES OF HELL

"...he continued working on the 'Gates of Hell' over nearly 40 years..."

1880: THE KISS

"...The embrace of The Kiss is undoubtedly very attractive..."

1880: THE THINKER

"...there are over 20 examples of the colossal bronze cast, placed in cities all over the world..."

1880: THE TORSO OF ADELE

"...the sculpture is often interpreted as one of Rodin's most explicit hommages to female sexuality..."

1881: ADAM AND EVE

"...Rodin proposed to Turquet to flank the 'Gates of Hell' by two colossal figures: Adam and Eve..."

1881: AVARICE AND LUST

"...still the whole composition transmits a mood of breathless sexual tension..."

1881: CARYATID

"...from a merely decorative, architectural element transformed into a personification of destiny..."

1881: THE THREE SHADES

"...focussing in the same point, underlines the inevitability of fate..."

1882: DAMNED WOMEN, METAMORPHOSES

"...presentation of female homosexuality, now ennobled by the reference to the great Roman poet..."

1882: KNEELING FAUNESS, TOILETTE OF VENUS

"The juxtaposition of the two women had evolved from the sculptor's urge to populate his..."

1884: THE BURGHERS OF CALAIS

"...he placed the six men on the same level, each of them occupied by his own personal conflict..."

1884: ETERNAL SPRINGTIME

"...To simplify the casting in bronze, a version with added attributes ... was used as a model in the foundry..."

1884: FUGIT AMOT, HEAD OF SORROW

"...he exaggerated the tension of his muscles to underline the misery of the male figure..."

1884: Paolo and Francesca

"...Paolo's head is used several times in 'The Gates of Hell' and known as 'Head of Sorrow' as an isolated fragment..."

1884: THE HELMETMAKER'S BEAUTIFUL WIFE

"...fascinated by the inevitable decline of human beings with its different mouldings of ugliness and personality..."

1884: BUST OF MADAME VICUNA

"...Rodin perfectly captures the spirit of the fashionable and chic ladys of these times..."

1885: ANDROMEDA

"...the daughter of the Ethiopian king Cepheus who was married to Cassiopeia. As narrated by Appollodorus..."

1885: DANAID

"...the wave-like sweep of her back which seems to be continued in the stone..."

1885: DESPAIR


1885: MARTYR

"...Finally, we find 'The Martyr' back in 'Orpheus and the Furies'."

1885: MEDITATION, INNER VOICE

"...Rodin's statues without arms lack nothing essential to them."

1886: PRODIGAL SON

"...crying out his misery in a moment of despair and doubt, begging for forgiveness..."

1886: THE SPHINX, SUCCUBUS

"...the forward impetus of the body not only gave the work a dynamic effect, but..."

1886: THE THOUGHT, FAREWELL

"Don't do anything more, leave it like that!"

1888: THE SIRENS

"...the three sisters were a mixture of bird and woman and famous for their seductive songs..."

1889: THE ETERNAL IDOL

"...a kneeling man leaning his chest against a woman depicted in an elevated position..."

1889: monument to victor hugo

"...Rodin's first draft shows the nude poet, listening to the three muses surrounding him..."

1890: Iris, the messenger of gods

"...integrated in the second outline for the 'Monument to Victor Hugo' as personification of glory..."

1890: THE TRAGIC MUSE


1891: MONUMENT TO balzac

"...preparatory studies show Balzac nude and paunchy or athletic..."

1892: ORPHEUS AND EURYDICE

"...these Maeneads, also known as Furies, tore Orpheus's body to bits and cast these into the sea..."

1894: CHRIST AND MARY MAGDALENE

"...The tortured body of Christ is here consoled by the suffering figure of the Magdalen..."

1895: THE FALLEN ANGEL


1895: FALL OF ICARUS, FALL OF ILLUSION,
BROKEN LILY



1896: THE POET AND LOVE, Sculptor and Muse
Man and Thought, Poet and Muse



1898: CuPid and Psyche


1898: the hand of god

"...isolated hands still had the complete capacity to express emotions..."

1900: BUST OF MADAME FENAILLE


1901: THE AMERICAN ATHLETE

"How I came to pose for him is rather interesting; while I was attending Cambridge University in England..."

1902: THE BUST OF EVE FAIRFAX

"...The second version carved by Bourdelle satisfied Rodin and was presented to Eve Fairfax in 1907..."

1907: MASKS OF HANAKO

"...it was the largest number of portraits he ever made of a single person..."


1908: Bust of Duchesse de Choiseul


1908: PYGMALION


1910: DANCE MOVEMENTS


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