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Rodin, what’s new

From March 17 to October 22, 2017
Musée Rodin, Paris, France
Versus Rodin: bodies across space and time
From March 4 to July 16, 2017
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia
Rodin, The Centenary Exhibition
From 22 March to 31 July, 2017
Grand Palais, Paris, France
Rodin: The Human Experience
From May 6 to July 30, 2017
Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, MI, USA
The Kiss: from Rodin to the present day
From April 8 to September 17, 2017
Musée des Beaux Arts de Calais, France
Release on May 24 (France)
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Rodin Ups & Downs

My models

I used to let my models wander naked around my studio. Seeing them like that made me familiar with their every movement. I particularly remember Adele and Anna, two Italian sisters, a blonde and a brunette, both perfect in totally different ways.

Camille Claudel

She joined my studio at the age of 17 as my pupil, assistant and muse – and soon became my mistress. I was drawn to her fiery temperament and outstanding talent. I called on her all the time, consulted her about everything. She was my ferocious friend!

The Château de l’Islette

Camille wrote to me from the Château de l’Islette, asking me to buy her a bathing suit so that she could swim in the river. I loved to join her there, we were so happy in our secret place.

The studio

I was a laborer. The rough hands you see here spoiled the plaster. I kept the habits of a stonemason from my days as an apprentice. I was like the Renaissance artists, who were craftsmen rather than fine gentlemen.

Monument to the Burghers of Calais

The city of Calais commissioned me to sculpt the figure of a burgher; I proposed six sculptures. What interested me most was the expression of their suffering. I wanted the figures to impact viewers, to draw them into each personal drama.

I worked as I pleased

I had no fixed way of working, nature was my only guide. I did what interested me, when it suited me. Art was pleasure: an effort, but not a constraint.

The Thinker

My statue of The Thinker was placed in the neighborhood where I grew up, in front of the Panthéon, thanks to a subscription organized by the people of Paris. Described by some as a “gorilla” and “an enormous brute,” The Thinker came to be seen as the incarnation of human thought.

The Kiss

Many of my works were misunderstood, but The Kiss was an immediate success with the public. Yet I intended my art to express the spectrum of emotions, from the heights of ecstasy to the depths of agony.

All the Ups & Downs

I do not wish to follow people whose conventional art I despise

Auguste Rodin

Rodin, a life 1840-1917

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