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Auguste Rodin

Sculptor Auguste Rodin

Profession: Sculptor


Biography: Auguste Rodin is regarded as one of the fathers of modern sculpture.

An unconventional training, interest in the works of Michelangelo and Dante led to such works as 'The Thinker' and 'The Kiss', both part of a commission 'The Gates of Hell' for a museum in Paris.

While hugely popular in his lifetime his works were often controversial for their erotic nature. On his death Rodin arranged for all his works to be left to the French state, on display at his former studio in the Hôtel Biron.

Born: November 12, 1840
Birthplace: Paris, France
Star Sign: Scorpio

Died: November 17, 1917 (aged 77)

Married Life

  • 1917-01-29 Sculptor Auguste Rodin (76) weds Rose Beuret

Historical Events

  • 1880-08-16 The French state commissions sculptor Auguste Rodin for a large sculpted doorway 'The Gates of Hell' for the proposed Musée des Arts Décoratifs
  • 1885-01-28 Commission for Auguste Rodin's sculpture 'The Burghers of Calais' signed by the Municipal Council of Calais.
  • 1919-08-04 Rodin Museum opens in Paris in The hôtel Biron containing works left to the state by the sculptor Auguste Rodin
  • 2017-10-12 Long-lost bust of Napoleon by Auguste Rodin confirmed found in Madison borough hall, New Jersey, worth at least $4m

Quotes by Auguste Rodin

  • "Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely."

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