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François-Auguste-René Rodin

Birthplace: Paris, Paris, Île-de-France, France
Death: November 17, 1917 (77)
Meudon, Hauts-de-Seine, Île-de-France, France
Immediate Family:

Son of Jean-Baptiste Rodin and Marie Rodin
Husband of Rose Beuret
Ex-partner of Camille Claudel
Father of Auguste-Eugène Beuret
Brother of Maria Rodin

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About Auguste Rodin

François Auguste René Rodin, middle age François-Auguste-René Rodin (12 November 1840 – 17 November 1917), known as Auguste Rodin ( /oʊˈɡuːst roʊˈdæn/ oh-goost roh-dan; French: [o%C9%A1yst ʁɔdɛ̃]), was a French sculptor. Although Rodin is generally considered the progenitor of modern sculpture, he did not set out to rebel against the past. He was schooled traditionally, took a craftsman-like approach to his work, and desired academic recognition, although he was never accepted into Paris's foremost school of art.

Sculpturally, Rodin possessed a unique ability to model a complex, turbulent, deeply pocketed surface in clay. Many of his most notable sculptures were roundly criticized during his lifetime. They clashed with the predominant figure sculpture tradition, in which works were decorative, formulaic, or highly thematic. Rodin's most original work departed from traditional themes of mythology and allegory, modeled the human body with realism, and celebrated individual character and physicality. Rodin was sensitive to the controversy surrounding his work, but refused to change his style. Successive works brought increasing favor from the government and the artistic community. Claudel, before 1883 Kiss, 1889

From the unexpected realism of his first major figure — inspired by his 1875 trip to Italy — to the unconventional memorials whose commissions he later sought, Rodin's reputation grew, such that he became the preeminent French sculptor of his time. By 1900, he was a world-renowned artist. Wealthy private clients sought Rodin's work after his World's Fair exhibit, and he kept company with a variety of high-profile intellectuals and artists. He married his life-long companion, Rose Beuret, in the last year of both their lives. His sculptures suffered a decline in popularity after his death in 1917, but within a few decades, his legacy solidified. Rodin remains one of the few sculptors widely known outside the visual arts community.

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1 Biography

1.1 Formative years

1.2 Artistic independence

2 Works

2.1 Artistic independence Early figures: the inspiration of Italy

2.2 ; The Gates of Hell

2.3 The Burghers of Calais

2.4 Commissions and controversy

2.5 Other works

3 Aesthetic Thinker, First Cast, 1880

3.1 Method

4 Later years

4.1 America

4.2 Great Britain

5 Legacy

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Auguste Rodin's Timeline

November 12, 1840
Paris, Paris, Île-de-France, France
January 18, 1866
Paris, Paris, Île-de-France, France
November 17, 1917
Age 77
Meudon, Hauts-de-Seine, Île-de-France, France