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Rodin, what’s new

From March 17 to October 22, 2017
Musée Rodin, Paris, France
The Kiss: from Rodin to the present day
From April 8 to September 17, 2017
Musée des Beaux Arts de Calais, France
Rodin—100 Years
From September 1, 2017
The Cleveland Museum of Art, OH, USA
Rodin and the Contemporary Figurative Tradition
September 15, 2017 - January 7, 2018
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, MI, USA
Rodin: Portraits of a Lifetime
From September 9 to December 9, 2017
The Pauly Friedman Art Gallery, Misericordia University, Dallas, PA, USA
Auguste Rodin and Eugène Druet
From November 7, 2017 until March 4, 2018
Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Dresden, Germany
The Hysterical Material
From September 14 to December 17, 2017
Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA
Rodin – Rilke – Hofmannsthal. Man and His Genius
From November 17, 2017 to March 18, 2018
Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin
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Rodin Ups & Downs

Looking for Balzac

I eventually found my Balzac! His name was Estager and he was a cooper’s cart driver in Azay. I’d traveled the region of Tours for months in search of someone who looked like the author of The Human Comedy.


My Balzac, the apple of my eye, was the most harshly criticized of all my works! It was described as “an ancient menhir,” “a penguin” and “a sack of coal”! But my friends recognized its worth. “You have never before achieved so much,” wrote Monet, “it is absolutely beautiful and grand, it is superb.”

Life at Meudon

I liked to get away from Paris. I found peace and tranquility at Meudon, where I lived with Rose, surrounded by my animals: Coquette the cow, Rataplan, Moka and Quinola the horses, my dogs Lulu and Dora, the swans and the old monkey.

A day at Meudon

I would get up at 6 a.m. and draw while my barber, Monsieur Costa, attended to me. At 8 a.m. I opened my mail and dictated my letters, then spent the rest of the morning with my visitors. I had lunch at midday before setting off to my Paris studio where my models and sitters were waiting for me.

Rodin the collector

A Buddha from Borobudur came to join my collection of antiques in the garden at Meudon. I had a pavilion built to house my mutilated gods. I had almost six thousand, from ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt and from the Middle Ages.

Rodin and music

At Meudon, I loved to listen to Wanda Landowska playing the harpsichord. I sometimes had a little group of musicians come and play Bach, Gluck, Mozart or Beethoven in my bedroom while I was still in bed, and I would let my soul soar to their melodies.

Social life at Meudon

I enjoyed being visited at Meudon. King Edward vii of England came, and so did Mrs Roosevelt, but I preferred visits from my artist friends, Antoine Bourdelle, Jules Desbois, Eugène Carrière and Isadora Duncan.

Rodin and dance

I saw all the greatest dancers: Isadora Duncan, Nijinsky, Loïe Fuller… My last passion was for the dancers of the Royal Ballet of Cambodia. What bliss! They represented all the beauty of the world. I would have followed them all the way to Cairo.

All the Ups & Downs

You know that I'm not clear, that writing and speaking put me in a muddle;
my natural resources are clay and pencil

Auguste Rodin

Rodin, a life 1840-1917

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