The Metropolitan Museum of Art, John Stewart Kennedy Fund, 1910

Medium

Among art history’s most famous sculptors, Auguste Rodin developed a radical new approach to his medium: In the late 19th century, he made textured, naturalistic forms that diverged from the idealized, mythological sculptures of the past. Working with plaster, clay, bronze, terracotta, and marble, he molded and carved lone figures, lovers, and detailed group scenes. In his most famous works, including The Thinker and The Kiss, Rodin shaped bodies that convey significant emotion, from mental anguish to desire, via details such as furrowed brows, hunched back muscles, and suggestions of touch. Rodin’s works have been exhibited across the world and belong in the collections of the Tate, the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Musée Rodin, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. His works have achieved up to eight figures on the secondary market.

High auction record
US$20.4m, Sotheby's, 2016
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, J. Paul Getty Museum, Cleveland Museum of Art, Yale University Art Gallery, Museo Soumaya
Selected exhibitions
2018
Rodin: Cut-OutsMusée Rodin
2017
Auguste Rodin: The Centenary InstallationLegion of Honor
The Kiss at the Rodin MuseumPhiladelphia Museum of Art
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The Embrace, 1900-1910

Graphite, watercolor, and gouache on cream wove paper
12 13/16 × 9 7/8 in
32.5 × 25.1 cm
Location
New York
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art, John Stewart Kennedy Fund, 1910

Medium

Among art history’s most famous sculptors, Auguste Rodin developed a radical new approach to his medium: In the late 19th century, he made textured, naturalistic forms that diverged from the idealized, mythological sculptures of the past. Working with plaster, clay, bronze, terracotta, and marble, he molded and carved lone figures, lovers, and detailed group scenes. In his most famous works, including The Thinker and The Kiss, Rodin shaped bodies that convey significant emotion, from mental anguish to desire, via details such as furrowed brows, hunched back muscles, and suggestions of touch. Rodin’s works have been exhibited across the world and belong in the collections of the Tate, the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Musée Rodin, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. His works have achieved up to eight figures on the secondary market.

High auction record
US$20.4m, Sotheby's, 2016
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, J. Paul Getty Museum, Cleveland Museum of Art, Yale University Art Gallery, Museo Soumaya
Selected exhibitions (3)
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