Auguste Rodin (1840 - 1917) was a French sculptor.
Gate to Hell (on the upper third "The Thinker"
as described on the left
picture taken from the sculpture in Zürich)
Rodin worked in both marble and bronze. Other notable sculptures by Rodin include The Burghers of Calais (French Les Bourgeois de Calais), Caryatid Fallen Under Her Stone, She Who Once Was the Beautiful Heaulmiere and his funerary monuments for Victor Hugo and Honoré de Balzac.
Rodin had an affair with one of his (female) students, the sculptor and graphic artist Camille Claudel.
The French government owns the rights to Rodin's work - acquired in exchange for a lifetime lease on a home and studio - and limits the number of reproductions that can be made. The Musée Rodin, in Paris, has an excellent collection of his work, much of it displayed in an outdoor garden.
Where to find Rodin's sculptures:
- Musée Rodin, Paris, France
- Rodin Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- A bust of Joseph Pulitzer by the artist is in the World Room of Journalism Hall at Columbia University
- Sculpture Garden, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, USA
- Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, California, USA
- Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California
- Public displays:
- Auguste Rodin
- Musée Rodin - Rodin Museum, Paris, France
- Musee Rodin, Paris: http://www.musee-rodin.fr/
- Rodin Museum, Philadelphia: http://www.rodinmuseum.org/
Rodin the artist should not be confused with Rodan the monster.