The Making of Rodin

  • The Making of Rodin
  • The Making of Rodin
  • The Making of Rodin
  • The Making of Rodin
  • The Making of Rodin
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Auguste Rodin (1840–1917) was a radical sculptor whose unorthodox approach to multiplication, assemblage, industrial production, and serial repetition challenged classical sculptural traditions and provided a definitive break in the history of art. Although he was best  known for his bronze and marble sculptures, Rodin’s genius was as a modeler who captured movement, emotion, light, and volume in pliable materials such as clay and plaster. A stockpile of plaster body parts allowed him to experiment and explore infinite groupings and poses.  Unlike his predecessors, his finished works include traces of their  creation, challenging conventional conceptions of beauty. In line with new thinking around Rodin, this beautifully illustrated book focuses specifically on the artist’s use of plaster, a material which was crucial to his process, but also demonstrates his interest in creating  sculptures that are never finished, always becoming.

United by the whiteness of their material, an array of fragile, experimental, and  unique pieces will be explored alongside alternative aspects of some of Rodin’s signature works, and a selection of the artist’s drawings and  watercolors—the fluidity and definitive form of which bear relation to  the liquid surface of his sculptures. Including an exclusive  contribution from sculptor Phyllida Barlow, newly commissioned texts  will shed light on Rodin’s way of working, the importance of modeling, and the role of photography in his work. For the first time, Rodin is truly presented as the father of modern sculpture, with an influence  that is indisputable and ongoing.  

  • Author: Nabila Abdel Nabi
  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Tate, 2021
  • 192 pages, 10" x 7.5"
  • Over 150 color illustrations 
  • ISBN: 9781849766753 
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