Auguste Rodin:
Sculpture "The Thinker" (38 cm), bronze version
Auguste Rodin:
Sculpture "The Thinker" (38 cm), bronze version

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museum replica | bronze + stone | patinated | polished | height 38 cm

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Sculpture "The Thinker" (38 cm), bronze version
Auguste Rodin: Sculpture "The Thinker" (38 cm), bronze ve...


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Sculpture "The Thinker" (38 cm), bronze version

Rodin saw himself as a creative giant, and his thinker also reveals a trait of the greatest sculptor of his period. His long preoccupation with Dante gave him a fear of existence; he developed ideas of a heaven and a hell with indeterminable boundaries. In 1880, he received the state commission for a monumental portal of the Musée des Arts décoratifs - his "Gates of Hell" depicting a scene from Dante's "Inferno". Its 186 dramatically dynamic figures occupied him to the end. Some of the figures were designed as independent free-standing statues. One example is the "Thinker": A powerfully modelled figure with swelling muscles and limbs that seems immobile. Under intense tension, he ponders the tragic fate of humanity. The form developed for the play of light and shadow is simplified, and the figure is lifted out of time into a universal state. Rodin's expressive vehemence made him the greatest inspiration of the modern age. One of the 40 authentic 70 cm high bronze copies of the "Thinker" last achieved a sale price of 10.7 million dollars at an auction at Christie's auction house in Paris in 2022.
Original: Musée Rodin, Paris. Created in 1880, signed in the cast.

Museum replica. Version in noble bronze, cast using the Lost-Mould-Process. Finely patinated and polished. Height 38 cm, on a diabase base. Size of the pedestal 20 x 3 x 13 cm (w/h/d).

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About Auguste Rodin

1840-1917 - the most important sculptor of the transitional period between the 19th to the 20th-century.

François-Auguste-René Rodin is considered a brilliant innovator of sculpture and ranks alongside Praxiteles, Michelangelo, Cellini and Canova as one of the greatest sculptors of all time. His sculptural oeuvre is so extensive that no complete catalogue of his works has yet appeared. It would certainly cover several hundred pages.

Because he had been rejected three times by the Paris School of Art, Rodin studied at the School of Applied Arts.

Rodin was an ardent admirer of beauty. He was mesmerised by the human body, which he immortalised again and again in his "vérité fugitive", the fleeting moment: lively, vibrant beauty that took shape under his creative hands. Whatever Rodin created with his hands radiated tremendous vitality and untamed power.

His sculptures, with their multiply broken surfaces, ushered in a new era of sculpture. His sculptures, with their multiply broken surfaces, ushered in a new era in sculpture. The genius of Rodin's modern stylistic idiom, which was expressed using elements of Impressionism, abandoned the monument-like pose of the academic sculpture and brought emotional states in dynamic surfaces to life, had yet to be recognised. "Boldness of light - modesty of the shadow" - Rodin composed a dialogue of rises and falls onto the "skin" of his sculptures. Flickering highlights and mysterious shadows animate his figures and bring them to life: "Sculpture is the art of representing forms through the shift of light and shadow."