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(1840-1917). The French artist had a profound influence on 20th-century sculpture. His works are distinguished by their stunning strength and realism. Rodin refused to ignore the negative aspects of humanity, and his works confront distress and moral weakness as well as passion and beauty. Francois-Auguste-Rene Rodin was born on Nov. 12, 1840, in Paris. At the age of 14 he entered the Petite Ecole, a school of decorative arts in Paris. He applied three times to study at the renowned Ecole des Beaux-Arts but was rejected each time. In 1858 he began to do decorative stonework in order to make his living. Four years later the death of his sister Marie so traumatized Rodin that he entered a sacred order. The father superior of the order recognized Rodin's talents and encouraged him to pursue his art. In 1864 Rodin met a seamstress named Rose Beuret. In 1880 he was commissioned to create a bronze door for the future Museum of Decorative Arts. Although the work was unfinished at the time of his death, it provided the basis for some of Rodin's most influential and powerful work. In 1884 he was commissioned to create a monument that became The Burghers of Calais. His statues St. John the Baptist Preaching, Eve, The Age of Bronze, and The Thinker are world famous. Rodin died on Nov. 17, 1917, and was buried at Meudon. When Rodin was 76 years old he gave the French government the entire collection of his own works and other art objects he had acquired. They occupy the Hotel Biron in Paris as the Musee Rodin and are still placed as Rodin set them.

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ARC: Auguste Rodin
Collection of images including a biography.
The Art Institute of Chicago
Features Rodin’s gallery, including prints and drawings.
The Art Story: Auguste Rodin
Comprehensive biography covering his early training, mature and late periods, legacy and artistic influences. Auguste Rodin
Information and discussion on his work with links to other reading.
Sculptor biography, collection of images of his works, links to museum site with Rodin's sculptures.
Auguste Rodin at the National Gallery of Art
Provides a thorough biography including notes and an Image gallery of the artist's works from the collection.
Cantor Arts Center: Rodin Collection
Exhibition based on Rodin's bronze, wax, plaster, and terra cotta works. Images available.
Collection Tate: Auguste Rodin
Provides a total of 7 artworks, including historical background information on each painting.
The gates of Hell: The story of a damned artwork
Video describing Rodin's monumental masterpiece, including explanation of why there are two different versions of the same artwork.
Getty Museum: Rodin, Auguste
Shows Rodin's style by analyzing one of his work 'Sphinx'.
The Grave of Auguste Rodin
Location and pictures of the French Sculptor's grave including a brief biography.
MoMA Collection: Auguste Rodin
Brief biography including a slide show gallery of his work.
Museum Rodin
The life and works of Auguste Rodin.
National Gallery of Australia
Article providing Rodin's working methods through the analysis on one of his masterpieces 'Eustache de Saint Pierre'.
National Portrait Gallery
Shows Rodin's portrait done by multiple artists.
Rodin at
Personal web page with multiple photographs and comments. Views from a wide range of Rodin collections.
Rodin at the V&A
Comprehensive overview of Rodin's life, working methods and a mention of the 18 sculptures Rodin gave to the V&A (Presented in 4 parts).
Rodin Museum
Works of Auguste Rodin, the great French sculptor, administered by the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Site has details, visitor information, and virtual reality tours.
Rodin, Auguste
Brief biography of the sculptor with pictures of some of his works.
Information about the artist, his works, collections, which contain them.
The Sculpture of Auguste Rodin
A series of images of Rodin sculpture by Professor Jeffery Howe
Talaria Enterprises: The Kiss
Museum store with Rodin sculpture reproductions.
WebMuseum: Rodin, Auguste
Brief biography of the sculptor with pictures of several works.
Wikipedia: Auguste Rodin (1840 - 1917)
Encyclopedia article featuring a biography, artworks, legacy and later years regarding the French sculptor.

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