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Title: Auguste Rodin's Birthday: The Legendary Sculptor Gets A Google Doodle
Post by: Harvest Moon on November 24, 2012, 11:18:45 am
Auguste Rodin's Birthday: The Legendary Sculptor Gets A Google Doodle

Posted: 11/12/2012 9:01 am EST Updated: 11/12/2012 4:25 pm EST


If you're entering your daily Internet queries you may have noticed today's particularly pensive Google doodle. The serious naked thinker that has replaced the "O" honors the birthday of Auguste Rodin. The progenitor of modern sculpture would be 172 if he were still magically alive today.

Rodin was born into a working class family in Paris, and began drawing and painting at 14 years old. He began studying under painter Horace Lecoq de Boisbaudran, who emphasized the importance of drawing from memory and interpreting images in a personal style, skills which would later prove invaluable to the sculptor's unique style. In the early days of Rodin's career he travelled to Italy, where he was inspired by Michelangelo's sensual portrayal of bodies .

While sculptural tradition favored classical forms and decorative mass-appeal, Rodin's bodies expressed raw emotion, fleshy texture and the inner ugliness of humanity. Describing one of his most famed works, "The Thinker," Rodin said: "What makes my Thinker think is that he thinks not only with his brain, with his knitted brow, his distended nostrils and compressed lips, but with every muscle of his arms, back, and legs, with his clenched fist and gripping toes."

Rodin's modern processes were revolutionary for the time, seemingly belonging to contemporary art than 19th century France. In his studio, naked women would move freely, sometimes engaging in sexual acts, while Rodin would quickly sketch with clay, paving the way for Studio 54 and countless other debaucherous art world haunts. After creating a clay model, Rodin enlisted assistants to translate the compositions into plaster or bronze large-scale works, opening the door for assistant-hungry artists like Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, Takashi Murakami and others. Rodin's erotic renderings also spurred numerous affairs, including a tumultuous relationship with his muse and lover, the legendary sculptress Camille Claudel.

Dear Rodin, on your birthday we celebrate your fascination with raw emotion and all things NSFW. Check out images from Regarding Rodin, a recent exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, below.


Title: Re: Auguste Rodin's Birthday: The Legendary Sculptor Gets A Google Doodle
Post by: Harvest Moon on November 24, 2012, 11:19:33 am
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Title: Re: Auguste Rodin's Birthday: The Legendary Sculptor Gets A Google Doodle
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Title: Re: Auguste Rodin's Birthday: The Legendary Sculptor Gets A Google Doodle
Post by: Harvest Moon on November 24, 2012, 11:30:31 am
Rodin was one of the primary forces who introduced modernity to, not only the arts, but to the world at large. He was a giant, on par with Freud, Dostoyevsky and Conrad in his influence on the 20th century and continuing today.

That his work is both important and approachable is a testament to his genius, and his lifestyle and work habits, as noted in the article, would not be out of place in 2012.


Title: Re: Auguste Rodin's Birthday: The Legendary Sculptor Gets A Google Doodle
Post by: Harvest Moon on November 24, 2012, 11:31:14 am
Once of his last commissions was of de Balzac, a French novelist and Freemason. I love the part of his story where he's rejected twice by the Grand Ecole and goes on to become a great artist anyway. Don't let 'em tell ya that you ain't got it.
If you're visiting Paris don't miss his house. A wondrous oasis in the middle of the city.


Title: Re: Auguste Rodin's Birthday: The Legendary Sculptor Gets A Google Doodle
Post by: Harvest Moon on November 24, 2012, 11:31:34 am
There is a sculpture garden just off the national mall that has his masterpiece "Burghers of Calais" in it. I always stop by to admire that one when in town.


Title: Re: Auguste Rodin's Birthday: The Legendary Sculptor Gets A Google Doodle
Post by: Harvest Moon on November 24, 2012, 11:32:40 am
The only sculpture that I can say I understand is Rodin's "The Thinker". When I've been in deep thought, I've been in that same position on numerous occasions. Especially when I write poetry.


Title: Re: Auguste Rodin's Birthday: The Legendary Sculptor Gets A Google Doodle
Post by: Harvest Moon on November 24, 2012, 11:33:10 am
"The Kiss" also, and "Toilette de Venus"


Title: Re: Auguste Rodin's Birthday: The Legendary Sculptor Gets A Google Doodle
Post by: Harvest Moon on November 24, 2012, 11:33:36 am
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MAESTRO