Auguste Rodin


Autobiography Auguste Rodin (1840 - 1917)

Auguste Rodin was born on 12-11-1840 in Paris. He studied at the stateschool for crafts and arts, Petit Ecole, but was rejected three times at the Art-academy in Paris.
In 1864 he made his first major work called “The man with the broken nose”.
At his first trip to Toscane, Italy, in 1875 he studied the works of Michelangelo, Donatello and the sculptures of the classical age. This trip inspired him to “The bronze age”.
The state of France gave Rodin in 1880 the assignment to create a monumentual door of the new-to-build Museum of Arts, the “Ecole des Arts Decoratifs” in Paris.
The museum was never build but the design still excists.
“The gates of Hell” would be the name of the work. The most famous and outstanding work of them all is “the thinker” ment for the tympanon of the gate, to overthink the scene below him.
Three years later he met sculptress Camille Claudel, who inspired him, among others, to “the kiss” in 1886. Other important assignments in those years where the sculptures for “Victor Hugo” in the Panthéon (1888) and Balzac (1891).