Auguste Rodin

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Date of Birth November 12, 1840
Place of Birth Paris, France
Date of Death Nov 17, 1917 (77)
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Auguste Rodin

François Auguste René 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. 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 naturalism, and celebrated individual character and physicality. Rodin was sensitive to the controversy surrounding his work, but refused to change his style.

Born: François-Auguste-René Rodin, November 12, 1840, Paris, France
Died: November 17, 1917, Meudon, France
Nationality: French
Known for: Sculpture, drawing
Notable work: The Age of Bronze (L'age d'airain), 1877, The Walking Man (L'homme qui marche), 1877–78, The Burghers of Calais (Les Bourgeois de Calais), 1889, The Kiss, 1889, The Thinker (Le Penseur), 1902
Awards: Légion d'Honneur

About Auguste Rodin

French sculptor best known for such pieces as The Thinker, The Kiss, and The Burghers of Calais. He was known for his unique ability to mold clay.

Before Fame

Rodin began drawing at age 10 and was mostly self-taught until he attended the Petite Ecole, where his teacher Horace Lecoq de Boisbaudran proved to be a major influence on his life.

Achievement

He is often considered the originator of modern sculpture, although he considered himself traditional.

Family Life

He married Rose Beuret in 1917. The couple had one son, Auguste-Eugene Beuret.

Associations

While studying art, he was extremely captivated by the artwork of Michelangelo Buonarroti.

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