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At the height of his career, Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) was regarded as the greatest sculptor since Michelangelo. Straying from nineteenth-century academic conventions, Rodin created his own sense of personal artistic expressions that focused on the vitality of the human spirit. His modeling techniques captured the movement and depth of emotion of his subjects by altering traditional poses and gestures. His pioneering work has been a critical link between traditional and modern figurative sculpture. Controversial and celebrated within his own lifetime, Rodin broke new aesthetic ground with his raw, vigorous sculptures of the human form in all of its varied manifestations.

Auguste Rodin's genius at capturing the essence of human experience, whether erotic, tortured, melancholy or heroic, provided inspiration for a host of successors such as Henri Matisse, Aristide Maillol, Constantin Brancusi and Henry Moore. His purposely fragmented sculptures, appreciated largely after his death, prefigure the innovations typically identified with 20th century artists. For Rodin, beauty in art consisted in the truthful representation of inner states, and to this end he often subtly distorted anatomy. His sculpture, in bronze and marble, falls generally into two styles. The more characteristic style reveals a deliberate roughness of form and a painstaking surface modeling; the other is marked by a polished surface and delicacy of form.

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