Auguste Rodin, ‘Ames du Purgatoire’, 1893, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

About Auguste Rodin

Known as one of the most gifted figurative sculptors in history, Auguste Rodin made such iconic works of art as The Kiss (1880-1881), The Thinker (1881-1882), and The Burghers of Calais (1884-1895). Using clay, plaster molds, and a meticulous process that included live models, Rodin created sculptures that were innovative in their attention to detail and unprecedented realism. Inspired by the female form and literature from Dante to Baudelaire, Rodin was particularly adept at conveying tension and emotion through subjects’ bodies and made a large collection of sculptures of men and women in amorous, sensual poses.

French, 1840-1917, Paris, France

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

Rodin Centenary, Legion of Honor, San Francisco
The Age of Rodin, Museo Soumaya, Mexico City
Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York