The great master of the Art Nouveau era is the brightest and most talented sculptor of this direction in the art of the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. His works became a model for many artists, and the ability to convey the energy of a living body, its plastic and complex lines, became a model for subsequent generations of artists.
Rodin was able to grasp the fleeting, barely perceptible that is characteristic of a person in constant motion. The dynamism, energy and emotionality of the master’s works often differed from the usual statics of academism, which aroused bewilderment, misunderstanding and, very rarely, sincere admiration from the viewer. Rodin’s craving for portraying intimate moments of life was also hostilely received by contemporaries. Only after decades, the sculptor's work was recognized as brilliant.
Not everyone knows that Roden devoted a huge part of his creative life to one single masterpiece - the Gates of Hell, which was ordered for the future museum of decorative art. At its core, it was a sculptural portal designed to decorate the entrance to the museum. Despite the fact that the author did not meet the agreed deadline (5 years), the museum was never created, but Roden continued to work, carried away by the depth and unusualness of the work. Numerous models created by the master, as sketches for the main work, became independent sculptures included in the golden fund of world art. Among them: The Thinker, Adam and Eve, Kiss, Fleeting Love and many others. The sculptors were inspired by the work of Dante, Michelangelo, Baudelaire. His hobby was so strong that when, finally, a buyer was found for this work, the sculptor completely refused to sell it. As a result, the gates of Hell in bronze were cast only after the death of the author.
A special place in the work of Rodin is occupied by the sculpture group Citizens of Calais. Created by order of the city authorities of Calais, the sculpture was to symbolize the courage of citizens who decided to give their lives to save their hometown. Medieval history shocked the sculptor so much that he resolutely refused all orders while he worked on it.
According to the author’s plan, the sculpture was supposed to stand on the ground levels so that the viewer felt his involvement in the great feat. Alas, customers decided differently. Later, copies of the sculpture were installed in Paris and London.
The work is striking in its emotionality and unusually penetrating image of the suffering of people who are awaiting their fate in fear. Until now, this sculptural group, along with such masterpieces as Laocoon and his sons, is considered the most dramatic sculptural image.
The sculpture Eternal Spring is filled with unusual love and love of life. Deliberate blurred lines create an unusual effect of light haze enveloping the work. The texture of marble gives the plot special tenderness, fragility, and trepidation.
One of the early works of the Bronze Age master is perceived in a special way. Rodin very revolutionary for his time interprets the naked male nature. His hero is very lyrical, body proportions are far from academic canons, gestures are emotional, and his face froze in perfect bliss.
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