Auguste Rodin, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Auguste Rodin

French sculptor

Date of Birth: 12-Nov-1840

Place of Birth: Paris, Île-de-France, France

Date of Death: 17-Nov-1917

Profession: photographer, engraver, sculptor, drawer

Nationality: France

Zodiac Sign: Scorpio

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About Auguste Rodin

  • François Auguste René Rodin (12 November 1840 – 17 November 1917) 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. Rodin possessed a unique ability to model a complex, turbulent, deeply pocketed surface in clay.
  • Many of his most notable sculptures were criticized during his lifetime.
  • They clashed with predominant figurative sculpture traditions, 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 surrounding his work, but refused to change his style.
  • Successive works brought increasing favor from the government and the artistic community. From the unexpected realism of his first major figure – inspired by his 1875 trip to Italy – to the unconventional memorials whose commissions he later sought, Rodin's reputation grew, and he became the preeminent French sculptor of his time.
  • By 1900, he was a world-renowned artist.
  • Wealthy private clients sought Rodin's work after his World's Fair exhibit, and he kept company with a variety of high-profile intellectuals and artists.
  • His students included Antoine Bourdelle, Camille Claudel, Constantin Brâncu?i, and Charles Despiau.
  • He married his lifelong companion, Rose Beuret, in the last year of both their lives.
  • His sculptures suffered a decline in popularity after his death in 1917, but within a few decades, his legacy solidified.
  • Rodin remains one of the few sculptors widely known outside the visual arts community.

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