Rodin: The Centennial Exhibition at the Grand Palais

From March 22, 2017 to July 31, 2017
  • The Grand Palais, Paris, France

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    The Grand Palais, Paris, France

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  • Le Penseur de Rodin, Paris, France

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    Le Penseur de Rodin, Paris, France

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Rodin: The Centennial Exhibition at the Grand Palais paris fr

“Beauty is everywhere. It is not that she is lacking to our eye, but our eyes that fail to perceive her.” Such were the words of legendary sculptor Auguste Rodin, whose centenary is being marked this year by a dedicated display of over 200 works at Paris’ Grand Palais. The exhibition offers a fresh perspective on Rodin’s work and his relationships with his collectors and contemporaries: Claudel, Brancusi, Picasso and Richier. Among the sculptures to be admired is the famous Thinker of 1904.

Rodin embraced the concept of the ‘accident’ in his work and pioneered ‘unfinished’ works or partial figures. Aged 14, he was inspired by a book on Michelangelo and soon started taking classes at the Imperial Design School in Paris, but his artistic path changed after his first introduction to clay. Despite being refused entry to the Paris School of Fine Arts three times, his early unfinished figures were immediately popular and spearheaded a career that crossed paths with the likes of Victor Hugo, Rainer Maria Rilke and Claude Monet. Rodin was intimately linked to fellow sculptor Camille Claudel – who became his muse in 1884 and executed the most complex parts of his statues, such as the hands and feet of the characters on the Gates of Hell – so the exhibition naturally also includes her work.

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