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AUGUSTE RODIN (1840-1917)

François-Auguste-René Rodin (12 November 1840 – 17 November 1917), known as Auguste Rodin 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 the predominant figure sculpture tradition, in which works were decorative, formulaic, or highly thematic. Rodin's most original work departed from traditional themes of mythology and allegory, modelled the human body with realism, and celebrated individual character and physicality. Rodin was sensitive of the controversy surrounding his work, but refused to change his style.

Auguste Rodin is generally recognized as the most important sculptor of the nineteenth century. His innovations in form and subject matter established his reputation as the first master of modern sculpture. Straying from nineteenth-century academic conventions, Rodin created his own sense of personal artistic expressions that focused on the vitality of the human spirit. His modelling techniques captured the movement and depth of emotion of his subjects by altering traditional poses and gestures.

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Auguste Rodin - Filmed Sculpting in his Studio in 1915 (JRH Films, 2013)

Posthumous casts:

Elliot Gantz and Co. Foundry (USA)

Guastini Foundry (Italy)

Valsuani Foundry (France)

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