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RODIN: IN PRIVATE HANDS. Ben Hunter. Bowman Sculpture, London, 2016. Distributed in the U.S.A. by Trafalgar Square Publishing, North Pomfret. 272 pp. 26 x 20 cm. ISBN 9780956120427 In English.
Due date: October 2016. Publisher's description: Remarkably few sculptors are household names, but Rodin is unquestionably one of the happy few. He is also by far and away the most celebrated and best loved sculptor of the 19th century. His works have become icons of modern art. The Kiss and The Thinker rank among the most famous images in the world, and are universally recognized even by those who have never set foot in a museum. What was so startling about Rodin's sculptures was their ability to convey raw emotion and individual character in a way that had never been seen before. Working in the same era as the Impressionists, whose canvases were often criticized for looking like unfinished sketches, Rodin's work pushed further still. Unafraid to unsettle the viewer, Rodin's figures, often partly encased in stone, looked alarmingly avant-garde. For all the same reasons, Rodin has rightly been considered the father of modern sculpture ever since. Moreover, inspired by Michelangelo's unfinished works, specifically sculptural fragments of torso and limbs, Rodin's figures single him out as a precursor of abstraction. His sculptures celebrated sensuality and sexuality and seemed to herald a new age. It was these qualities that threatened the French art establishment for so many years, yet which now assure his continued popularity.
Artist(s):Rodin, Auguste
Indexing: Unspecified
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 174453
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