of the Day
Clue of the Month
sculptor of major importance
Common clues: “The Kiss”
sculptor; “The Gates of Hell” sculptor; “The
Age of Bronze” artist; “The
Thinker" sculptor; French sculptor Auguste
once a year
in English language:
33348 / 86800
invent nothing, I rediscover
~ Auguste Rodin
Rodin (born François-Auguste-René Rodin; November
12, 1840–November 17, 1917) was a French artist, most
famous as a sculptor. He was the preeminent French sculptor of
his time, and remains one of the few sculptors widely recognized
outside the visual arts community.
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, he possessed a
unique ability to model a complex, turbulent, deeply pocketed
surface in clay.
of Rodin's 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, modeled the human body with
realism, and celebrated individual character and physicality.
Rodin was sensitive to the controversy about his work, but did
not change his style, and successive works brought increasing
favor from the government and the artistic community.
his lifetime, Rodin was compared to Michelangelo, and was widely
recognized as the greatest artist of the era. In the three
decades following his death, his popularity waned with changing
aesthetic values. Since the 1950s, Rodin's reputation has
re-ascended; he is recognized as the most important sculptor of
the modern era, and has been the subject of much scholarly work.
The sense of incompletion offered by some of his sculpture, such
as The Walking Man, influenced the increasingly abstract
sculptural forms of the twentieth century. Though highly honoured
for his artistic accomplishments, Rodin did not spawn a
significant, lasting school of followers. His notable students
included Antoine Bourdelle, Charles Despiau, the American Malvina
Hoffman, and his mistress Camille Claudel, whose sculpture
received praise in France. The French order Légion
d'honneur made him a Commander, and he received an honorary
doctorate from the University of Oxford.
restored an ancient role of sculpture—to capture the
physical and intellectual force of the human subject—and he
freed sculpture from the repetition of traditional patterns,
providing the foundation for greater experimentation in the
twentieth century. His popularity is ascribed to his
emotion-laden representations of ordinary men and women—to
his ability to find the beauty and pathos in the human animal.
His most popular works, such as The Kiss and The Thinker, are
widely used outside the fine arts as symbols of human emotion and
article is licensed under the GNU
Free Documentation License.
It uses material from the Wikipedia