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Auguste Rodin Artist Biography

Rodin devoted his entire life to his work. His influence on modern art has been immense and he reinvigorated sculpture at a time when it was becoming stagnant and unimaginative. His art regularly proved sensational but he was a considered and dignified man who rarely got personally entangled in the often very public disputes his work provoked.Rodin was a Parisian born to a working class family in 1840. Early on, Rodin showed a talent for drawing and mathematics in the Rue de l'Ecole de Mdecine. Excelling there he was encouraged to apply to the Ecole des Beaux Arts but was rejected three times. He supported himself working as an ornamental mason. Then, aged 23, his sister died and, overwhelmed with grief, entered the monastery of the Eudistes in the Faubourg St. Jacques. After six months he returned home and soon after met Rose Beuret who was to remain his partner for life.In 1864, Rodin studied under the renowned animal sculptor Barye and worked in the studio of Carrier-Belleuse where he remained for six years. One of his first works from thisearly stage was the now famous 'Man with the Broken Nose' (1864). Rodin was in the National Guard during the siege of Paris but was judged unfit for service and headed to Belgium with Carrier-Belleuse in 1871. After a dispute, however, Rodin left the French artist and joined the Belgian sculptor Van Rasburg. In 1875, Rodin studied the works of Donatello and Michelangelo in Italy and they were to be influential on much of his work. Rodin was soon to achieve success and a great deal of controversy with 'Man Awakening to Nature' and the 'Age of Brass' (1876) shortly followed by 'St. John the Baptist Preaching' (1878). By 1880, after a tour around the cathedrals of France, Rodin embarked on his epic 'Gate of Hell' for the future Museum of Decorative Arts. As well as 'The Thinker' who commanded the scene, almost 200 other figures were incorporated into the work. Despite struggling over this work for more than 20 years it was still incomplete when he died in 1917.Rodin created many sculptures over the course of his career and frequently courted much controversy. A commissioned work portraying Balzac, for example, was rejected by the Socit des Gens de Lettres in 1891 due to its depiction of genius in essence as opposed to being a straight portrait of the man himself."One must have a consummate sense of technique, to hide what one knows." (Auguste Rodin ) Read our editorial featuring Auguste Rodin:Drawn Together: Artists in Love

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