Sinking his roots in the tradition of Antiquity and the Renaissance, Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) paved the way for modern sculpture. From an early age he became interested in movement, body language, the influence of chance and the appeal of the unfinished. It was these elements that gave shape and a sense of life to works as famous as The Kiss or The Thinker.
Produced in collaboration with the Musée Rodin , this book examines Rodin's formative years and the key stages of his career. It reviews the genesis of his sculptures and monuments from historical and aesthetic points of view, and sheds light on the links between his different works. The reader becomes familiar with the ideas of the artist and his system of working in the studio: modeling in clay, the transition from plaster to bronze or marble, the expansion of forms and the composition of groups, as well as the profound sensuality of his erotic drawings.
Rodin has been an inexhaustible source of inspiration for the generations that followed him. His work embodied innovation and transgression, but above all an unrivaled passion for working with real models and capturing the truth of form and human experience . A beautifully illustrated edition with texts by François Blanchetière that invites us to discover, and rediscover, a priceless legacy.