About Rodin Notecards and Envelopes Set
This Réunion des Musées Nationaux – Grand Palais and Musée Rodin Notecards and Envelopes Set features 10 iconic works from the French impressionist sculptor, along with envelopes. The Rodin Notecards and Envelopes set features the following artworks.
- Le Baiser. (1882)
- La Cathédrale. (1908)
- Mouvement de danse I, avec bras droit et pied gauche. (1911)
- La Danaïde. (1889)
- Monument à Balzac (detail) (1898)
- Je suis belle (detail) (1882)
- Monument des Bourgeois de Calais. (1884-1889)
- La Main de Dieu ou la Création. (1896)
- Tête de Camille Claudel et Main gauche de Pierre de Wissant. (1895)
- Le Penseur. (1903)
About Auguste Rodin
Auguste Rodin was the leading French sculptor of the later 19th century, who conceived and executed his sculptures with a Realist sensibility. The human body in motion fascinated Rodin, as it did other sculptors such as Eakins and Muybridge before him. Rodin was also aware of the Impressionists’ innovations. Although color was not a significant factor in Rodin’s work, the influence of Impressionism is evident in the artist’s abiding concern for the effect of light on sculpted surfaces. When focusing on the human form, he joined his profound knowledge of anatomy and movement with special attention to the body’s exterior, saying, “The sculptor must learn to reproduce the surface, which means all that vibrates on the surface, soul, love, passion, life…Sculpture is thus the art of hollows and mounds, not of smoothness, or even polished planes.” Primarily a modeler of pliable material rather than a carver of hard wood or stone, Rodin worked his surfaces with fingers sensitive to the subtlest variations of surface, catching the fugitive play of constantly shifting light on the body. In his studio, he often would have a model move around in front of him while he created preliminary versions of his sculptures with coils of clay. Rodin’s ability to capture the quality of the transitory through his highly textured surfaces while revealing larger themes and deeper, lasting sensibilities is one of the reasons he had a strong influence on the 20th-century artists. Because many of his works, were deliberate fragments or a larger composition (e.g. hands of La Cathedrale), Rodin was instrumental in creating a taste for the incomplete, an aesthetic many later sculptors embraced enthusiastically.