Auguste Rodin, Keeper of the Gates of Hell
“The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live. Be a man before being an artist.”
- Auguste Rodin.Rodin found inspiration, and was repelled by, idealized forms.
His innovative practices paved the way for modern sculpture, and he firmly believed that art should be true to nature. It was this philosophy which shaped his attitudes to models and materials. The scandals surrounding his works; The Age of Bronze or the Monument to Honoré de Balzac and for his unfinished projects like The Gates of Hell, only served to burnish his legend...