The Father of Modern Sculpture

One hundred years ago the working class-bred, masterful French sculptor and draughtsman Auguste Rodin passed away. In honor of this centenary New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art has curated the expansive new exhibition, Rodin at the Met (through January 15). The artist, who flourished in the late 19th– and early-20th centuries, was prolific, turning out bronzes, marbles, plasters, and terracottas. Many of these works are showcased here at the renovated B. Gerald Cantor Sculpture Gallery, including the famous The Thinker and The Hand of God, as well as The Tempest, which hasn’t been publicly viewed in decades. Paintings from pals like Claude Monet interspersed with Rodin’s sculptures enriches the conversation, as does the supplemental collection of prints, drawings, letters, and photographs culled from the museum’s archives and found in an adjacent gallery. The exhibition reveals both the importance of drawing to Rodin’s craft and his relationship to photographers like Edward Steichen.

post-2-1Auguste Rodin, by Edward Steichen, The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York, Alfred Stieglitz Collection

Featured Photo: The Burghers of Calais, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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