Auguste RODIN (1840-1917)

Auguste René Francois RODIN
Other possible identifications: after, attributed, manner

Auguste Rodin was born in Paris in 1840 and died in Meudon in 1917. He spent his childhood in rue Mouffetard Paris with his modest parents, nothing predestined him becoming the artist we know: the father of Modern sculpture.

While, as a teenager, he attended the Imperial School of Drawing, he never studied at the school of fine arts. This experience, outside the influence of classical academic canons, resulted in an innovative art, sometimes hailed, sometimes criticized. He had to wait until 1880, the date of his first state commission, “The Gates of Hell” (inspired by Dante’s writings), for the commissions to startpouring in: Monument to Victor Hugo, The Bronze Age, The Baiser, Les Bourgeois de Calais (an illustrious work done in collaboration with his muse and pupil Camille Claudel), etc. In 1903, Rodin was appointed Commander of the Legion of Honor. His work goes down in posterity as influencing artists such as Carpeaux, Bourdelle, Picasso… Prestige of a signature that does not go unnoticed in the market for the art of sculpture.

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