Man’s naked form belongs to no particular moment in history; it is eternal, and can be looked upon with joy by the people of all ages.”
― Auguste Rodin.
When Auguste Rodin’s life-sized nude bronze sculpture, The Age of Bronze, was first exhibited in 1877 in Paris, Rodin was accused of having made it by casting a living model. Although completely untrue, the controversy benefited him, as a titillated public flocked to see for themselves.
Rodin born today, 1840, Paris (d. 1917, Meudon) considered the father of modern sculpture, famous for iconic masterpieces such as The Thinker, The Kiss, Monument to Balzac, and The Burghers of Calais (the latter two being among my personal favourites.) Known for his characteristic raw emotion, fleshy texture, attention to line and form, his work reveals an adept relationship with light and dark. I love Rodin’s work for the heightened expressive point of tension in each, his remarkable Bohemian sensual freedom (read: erotic nerve), and, most of all, I particularly love the intimacy of his embedded fingerprints revealed throughout the surface.