Raphaël Masson and Véronique Mattiussi
Recognized today as the greatest sculptor of all time, whose expressive style prefigured that of the modernist movement and abstract sculpture, Auguste Rodin (1840–1917) stirred up much controversy during his lifetime, and his sculptures often met with hostility and incomprehension from his peers. This monograph traces the life and work of the artist, from his youth and early poverty-stricken years of apprenticeship, to his most celebrated works—The Kiss, The Thinker, The Gates of Hell—which have become veritable icons; and from his passionate and tumultuous relationship with Camille Claudel, to his extraordinary studio, working methods, and sources of inspiration, and his final years marked by war and illness. Written by experts from the Musée Rodin in Paris, this richly illustrated volume includes drawings, watercolors, engravings, and archival documents, as well as specially commissioned photographs of Rodin’s sculptures, completed by a chronology, bibliography, and history of the Musée Rodin—housed in the artist’s former studio in the Hôtel Biron. Providing insight into the many facets of his creative genius, this new edition offers the Musée Rodin’s definitive reference on the artist and his oeuvre in an affordable, compact format.
Raphaël Masson, former curator at the Musée Rodin and head of archives and the library, is chief heritage curator at the Château de Versailles. Véronique Mattiussi is an archivist at the Rodin museum in Paris, responsible for manuscripts. Jacques Vilain was the director of the Musée Rodin and the author of numerous works on the museum’s collections.