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  • A short walk takes us to the palatial mansion, studio and garden of another

  • great impressionist: Auguste Rodin.

  • Rodin was a modern Michelangelo, sculpting human figures with powerful insight,

  • revealing through the body

  • their deepest emotions.

  • Now a museum, this historic mansion presents the full range of Rodin's work.

  • His early works match the belle époque style of the late 19th century

  • noble busts of bourgeois citizens and pretty portraits of their daughters.

  • But Rodin had working-class roots

  • and because of his populist sentiments, the art establishment snubbed him.

  • That's no wonder. Look at the intensity of this symbol of France as she screams:

  • libertié, egalitié, fraternitié.

  • With his ground-breaking "Bronze Man,"

  • Rodin came into his own

  • and was recognized as an artistic force.

  • From this point on,

  • he left convention behind

  • and blazed his own

  • artistic trail.

  • Here, his "Hand of God"

  • shapes Adam and Eve from the mud of the earth to which they will return.

  • Unlike Michelangelo, who selected a piece of marble and then carved a single work

  • of art,

  • Rodin created models which could then be reproduced and sold as authorized

  • versions.

  • In "The Kiss," a passionate woman twines around a solid man for their first,

  • spontaneous kiss.

  • We can almost read the emotions that led up to this meeting of the lips.

  • "The Kiss" was the first Rodin work the public loved.

  • Rodin enjoyed his garden

  • as do visitors today who find it a place for peaceful meditation a century after the artist

  • last planted a statue here.

  • He sculpted the famous Thinker in 1906.

  • Leaning slightly forward, tense and compact, every muscle working toward

  • producing that one great thought,

  • Man contemplates his fate.

  • Said Rodin: "It is a statue of

  • of myself."

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Paris, France: The Rodin Museum

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    Chun-Jen Chen posted on 2013/05/22
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