About The Thinker Statue
The Thinker statue is the most famous work by French sculptor Auguste Rodin and was originally part of The Gates Of Hell. Sitting in the Tympan, The Thinker oversees Hell, the judge over the people below him. The Thinker was the first sculpture by Rodin to be publicly exhibited. It was erected in front of the Pantheon during an intense political and social crisis in France on the 21st of April 1906. Later is was transported to the Hotel Biron, the former studios of the artist and the present Rodin Museum.
The small sculpture is an official replica of Rodin’s original bronze masterpiece. The thinker statue comes with artist’s biography in a carefully protected packaging.
- Height: 5,3″
- Material: cast and resin with a bronze finish.
- Care Instructions: Dust Cloth
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Rodin and his Thinker
Rodin never wanted to say anything about what The Thinker statue was thinking, but rather how he was thinking. “My Thinker not only thinks with his brain, his frowned forehead, his wide open nostrils and tight lips; but with every muscle in his arms back and legs, with his clenched fists and bent toes”, he said.
Rodin’s career has been marked by the mixed reactions his work provoked with the audience. The lack of understanding for Rodin “work was partly due to the original character of his art. He felt little for the strict formats of Romanticism and neither did he want to identify himself with the neutrality of the Impressionists. Rodin “work is characterized by a passion for the human body and he considered himself incapable of any creativity if he did not have a living model in front of him. “In everything, I follow nature and I never pretend I am able to control her. My only ambition is to be subservient and faithful to her”, he said. The Thinker Statue is certainly a perfect representation of Rodin’s style and creativity.