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Carey, John T.

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M.A. (Master of Arts)

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Department of Biological Sciences


Rodin; Auguste; 1840-1917


It it the author's intention to describe briefly the works and the turbulent life of Francois Auguste Rodin, (1840-1917), who influenced such modern sculptors at Pablo Picasso, George Braque, Henry Mattise, and Henry Moore, and who emerged as one of Europe's foremost sculptors. Rodin studied sculpture formally for twelve years and worked in Brussels, Belgium at an assistant to an architect. Upon returning to France, Rodin hoped to gain a position equal with contemporary sculptors. He soon found himself the victim of ridicule, accusation, and scorn. Rodin in the later years received many commissions from prominent people for busts and heads which added substantially to his reputation. In 1900 a special pavilion was built in Paris for an exhibition of one hundred sixty-eight pieces of sculpture and drawings which resulted in triumph for Rodin. Authorities have hailed Rodin as the discoverer of renewed vision and his work as the climax of traditional realism. Jacque Lipchitz compared Rodin to Cezanne as a contributor to modem art. The author's sources include information from twenty-eight books and four articles. The nine selected illustrations of Rodin's work were photographed from Sommerville Storey's, London: Phaidon Publishers, Inc., 1951.


Includes bibliographical references (pages 42-44)


vi, 46 pages




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