Influenced by both the masters of antiquity, the genius of Michelangelo, and Baroque sculpture, notably Bernini, Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) is one of the most renowned artists in history. Though Rodin is considered a founder of modern sculpture, he did not set out to critique past classical traditions. Many of his sculptures were criticised and considered controversial because of their sensuality or realistic qualities. His most original works departed from traditional themes of mythology and allegory and embraced the human body, celebrated individualism and physicality.
This book uncovers the life and career of this celebrated artist by exploring his most famous works of art such as The Gates of Hell, The Thinker and the infamous The Kiss.
Rilke, Rodin's secretary, examines Rodin's life and work and explains the often-elusive connection between the creative forces that drive timeless literature and great art. Written in 1903 and 1907, these essays about the master's work and development as an artist were declared by Rodin himself as the supreme interpretation of his work.
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