I love Rodin sculptures. Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) created many sculptures and cast works (bronze statues start with clay models, then plaster forms are made from the models, then finally bronze casts are poured). This means there are multiple copies of his works, and these copies are all over the world. I have seen the same Rodin sculptures in Philadelphia, New York, Paris and also my local North Carolina Museum of Art.

Rodin is considered the father of modern sculpture. He rejected classical art and its rigid ideas of beauty (which I had so much fun lampooning in the previous two blog posts) in favor of the modern concept of realism.

You don’t have to have any background in art history to enjoy the expressiveness and liveliness in Rodin’s cast bronze figures. I consider myself lucky to live close to the North Carolina Museum of Art, where I can drop in to see his smaller works or go outside to contemplate the sculpture garden devoted to his larger works.

The photo below shows the NCMA sculpture garden, looking out from the museum. At the end is The Three Shades (1886):

Rodin garden 3

Below is the Rodin garden from the other end. The figure is Eve (1881), shown in despair after being forced to leave the Garden of Eden:

Rodin figure water 1

The Cathedral (1908) is inside the museum, along with many other small sculptures both cast and sculpted. It is actually two right hands, not a right and a left:

Rodin hands

I like Rodin’s sculptures too much to dream up amusing little scenarios about them. The closest I can get to making fun of them is this photo of The Three Shades in NYC from about 2008:


Rodin had a long life and it’s interesting to see how his art evolved. Google his work and enjoy a perusal of the many images of his sculptures.