Eugène Druet, ‘Les Bourgeois de Calais (The Burghers of Calais)’, 1896-1903, Huxley-Parlour

About Eugène Druet

Throughout his adult life, Eugène Druet worked as a photographer to Auguste Rodin, capturing carefully composed, soft-lit images of the famous French artist’s sculptures. Druet frequently made several different studies of a sculpture, photographing from various different angles in order to best capture the drama of his subjects. Druet’s documentation provided a lucrative commercial venture for Rodin, and the sculptor so valued the images that he sometimes exhibited them alongside his sculptures, and signed them with his own name alongside Druet’s. On Rodin’s advice, Druet opened a Paris gallery in 1903, which was mentioned in Gertrude Stein’s book Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, and where close to 1300 artists were shown over the years.

French, 1868-1916, Paris, France, based in Paris, France

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, based in Meudon, France