Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Rodin: Sculptor and Storyteller

Rodin, Le Penseur (The Thinker), 1902, Gum bichromate print by Edward Steichen

"Art is contemplation. It is the pleasure of the mind which searches into nature and which there divines the spirit of which nature itself is animated."  -Auguste Rodin

Join the Art Institute of Chicago this fall in celebrating the life and work of iconic artist Auguste Rodin (French, 1840 - 1917). Open now, Rodin: Sculptor and Storyteller features rarely seen work from private collections juxtaposed with work from the museum's permanent holdings on the centenary of the artist's death. Get a glimpse here in our preview and then come see for yourself!

Young Mother in a Grotto,  Modeled about 1885, Cast about 1888-96, Bronze/ Despair, Modeled about 1885-90, carved 1893?, Marble

Rodin is widely regarded as a pioneering sculptor who was exceptionally influential on the trajectory of modern art. Early in his career, Rodin eschewed the stylistic formalism of the artistic academy for a naturalistic aesthetic that imbued his material with an unprecedented vitality. 

Head of Arthur Jerome Eddy, 1898, Bronze

A gifted sculptor and storyteller, Rodin's work conveyed psychological complexity through an exceptional focus on the individual. Believing character could be revealed through physical features, Rodin evinced emotion with meticulously textured surfaces and the interaction of shadow and light.

Standing Nude with Draperies, n.d., Watercolor and graphite on ivory wove paper/ Auguste Rodin, 1905, Gum bichromate print by Gertrude Käsebier

As Rodin's career progressed, he increasingly experimented with abstraction through formal exaggeration and fragmentation. This departure from classical ideals was an innovative approach to his subjects that would become an influential foundation for modern sculpture. 
The Thinker Sculpture - 11 3/4"/ Adam Sculpture - 18"/ The Thinker Sculpture 6"

Rodin: Sculptor and Storyteller is now on view at The Art Institute of Chicago through March 4th.  Learn more here: Rodin: Sculptor and Storyteller

Visit the Museum Shop online where you can find sculpture inspired by Auguste Rodin's work.

All purchases support the museum's various programs.

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