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Rodin: Transforming Sculpture

Peabody Essex Museum, Salem

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Whether working in plaster, marble or bronze on an intimate or monumental scale, Auguste Rodin captured the emotional and psychological complexities of human beings in ways that few sculptors before or after him have achieved. He also profoundly changed the language of sculpture by playing with accident and emphasising the act of creating rather than completing a work of art. Rodin favoured fragmentation and recombination as the principal expression of the significance he attached to change and transformation as the keys to creativity. Featuring sculptures and drawings, this thematic exhibition highlights the drama and experimentation that have established Rodin as one of the greatest sculptors of all time. Read more.

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Severed Head of Saint John the Baptist

Severed Head of Saint John the Baptist (about 1887-1907), Auguste Rodin. © Los Angeles County Museum of Art

The Minotaur

The Minotaur (1885-86), Auguste Rodin. © Musée Rodin, Paris. Photo by Christian Baraja

Fugit Amor

Fugit Amor (about 1887), Auguste Rodin. © Musée Rodin, Paris

Large Clenched Hand

Large Clenched Hand (about 1885), Auguste Rodin. Collection of Phyllis Lambert, Montreal

 

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