Friday, October 19, 2007

Concentration



Thinker from the Gates of Hell, c.1880-1890 by Auguste Rodin, Musée Rodin, Paris.

It began as part of the monumental bronze doors that Rodin created called the Gates of Hell and although it is about 14 inches high in that context, his Thinker has taken on a life of it's own as one of the most famous statues ever created.

7 comments:

Angus said...

I have been enjoying your posts as a great way to start my day and improve my art education. I have known of The Thinker for years but never knew the context. I will never see this statue again without thinking of the context. What a place to sit and contemplate!

michele omiccioli said...

don't mean to be cynical (rodin remains a great artist) but 'the thinker' seems to me Rodin thinking how to destroy Medardo Rosso's career...

I know, I know, Medardo is italian, and Im italian too...

but Medardo was the great genius of sculpture of that time.

Martha said...

I think Camille Claudel might have a couple of complaints, as well.

http://www.musee-rodin.fr/claud-e.htm

michele omiccioli said...

I precise. without any doubt Rodin isn't a secondary figure of end XIX° sculpture. But Im also sure that Medardo will be considered more and more in the future years as the preminent sculptor of his time, able to connect the experience of impressionism in painting and reflect the sense of movement of latter futurism.
How to summarize? Rodin ends greatly, but ends. Medardo will open.

PS: Martha, I still havent found on my blog any hint of your passage. How long will you make me wait?

Bye, and see ya soon!

Michele

oceanskies79 said...

I like the scupltures of Rodin. Thanks for sharing. I like many of the works which you have wrote about on this blog.

Marie N. said...

Reviewing your archives...
October 11, 2005
Regarding Rodin's Le Penseur-- My mom and dad always told us he must be wondering where he left his clothes :-o

I'm glad to see the whole context, I also was unaware of it before.

Thank you again for the wonderful site and all the links. Visits here will be part of my home schooled kids art ed.

Martha said...

Glad to see that the site is useful to people. Thanks for visiting and linking.

Martha

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