Even people who know nothing about art know the works of Auguste Rodin. The French sculptor who created "The Thinker" and "The Kiss" was born on this day in 1840.
"The Thinker" (Le Penseur) was first created in 1902, though there are many other casts of the famous sculpture. Rodin's sculpture of Honore de Balzac also exists in many versions, including casts at New York's
Rodin's sculptures emphasize musculature and movement, with subjects often assuming contorted and anguished poses. His work is often viewed as paving the way for modern sculpture of the 20th century.
Though his love life was not as torrid as Picasso's, Rodin had an amour fou with fellow artist Camille Claudel that has inspired some contemporary dramatizations. The 1989 movie "Camille Claudel" features outstanding performances from
A new movie about Claudel, starring
There's even a ballet about the stormy Rodin-Claudel relationship created by the Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg. "Rodin" -- which was panned by the