Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Rodin at The Met

François Auguste René Rodin, known as Auguste Rodin, was a French sculptor. 
He was born on 12 November 1840 Paris, France and died 17 November 1917 (aged 77) in Meudon, France. The Met’s holdings of Rodin’s art are among the largest in the United States. He spent years laboring as an ornamental sculptor before success and scandal set him on the road to international fame. By the time of his death, he was likened to Michelangelo. His reputation as the father of modern sculpture remains unchanged, and in recent years the wider exhibition of his many drawings has also elevated his reputation as a draughtsman. 

Here are some great quotes from Rodin: 

Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.
Patience is also a form of action.
I invent nothing, I rediscover.
The artist must create a spark before he can make a fire and before art is born, the artist must be ready to be consumed by the fire of his own creation.
To the artist there is never anything ugly in nature.
I choose a block of marble and chop off whatever I don't need.
Art is contemplation. It is the pleasure of the mind which searches into nature and which there divines the spirit of which nature herself is animated.
True artists are almost the only men who do their work for pleasure.

I was thrilled to be able to see this exhibit when I attended the Press Preview for the Michelangelo exhibit in November. 

The Met is one of my most favorite museums, and even though I have been coming since I was little, I still get lost in the place! It is really very big, to go through the whole building in one day would be quite a task! 

Exhibition Overview
On the centenary of the death of Auguste Rodin (1840–1917), The Metropolitan Museum of Art celebrates its historic collection of the artist's work. Nearly 50 marbles, bronzes, plasters, and terracottas by Rodin, representing more than a century of acquisitions and gifts to the Museum, are displayed in the newly installed and refurbished B. Gerald Cantor Sculpture Gallery (gallery 800). The exhibition features iconic sculptures such as The Thinker and The Hand of God, as well as masterpieces such as The Tempest that have not been on view in decades. Paintings from The Met collection by some of Rodin's most admired contemporaries, including his friends Claude Monet (1840–1926) and Pierre Puvis de Chavannes (1824–1898), are presented in dialogue with the sculptures on display.

The extraordinary range of The Met's holdings of Rodin's work is highlighted in an adjacent gallery (gallery 809) with a selection of drawings, prints, letters, and illustrated books, as well as photographs of the master sculptor and his art. This focused presentation introduces visitors to the evolution of Rodin's draftsmanship and demonstrates the essential role of drawing in his practice. It also addresses Rodin's engagement with photographers, especially Edward Steichen (1879–1973), who served as a key intermediary in bringing Rodin's drawings to New York.

One of the most famous pieces by Rodin, The Thinker, is wonderful to view in person 

The detail is just mind blowing 


Rodin at The Met
At The Met Fifth Avenue
SEPTEMBER 16, 2017–JANUARY 15, 2018

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