Rodin (12 November 1840 17 November 1917), known as Auguste
Rodin, was a French sculptor. Although Rodin is generally considered
the progenitor of modern sculpture, he did not set out to rebel
against the past. He was schooled traditionally, took a craftsman-like
approach to his work, and desired academic recognition, although
he was never accepted into Paris's foremost school of art.
Sculpturally, Rodin possessed
a unique ability to model a complex, turbulent, deeply pocketed
surface in clay. Many of his most notable sculptures were roundly
criticized during his lifetime. They clashed with the predominant
figure sculpture tradition, in which works were decorative, formulaic,
or highly thematic. Rodin's most original work departed from
traditional themes of mythology and allegory, modeled the human
body with realism, and celebrated individual character and physicality.
Rodin was sensitive to the controversy surrounding his work,
but refused to change his style. Successive works brought increasing
favor from the government and the artistic community.egacy solidified.
Rodin remains one of the few sculptors widely known outside the
visual arts community.