University of Richmond Museums
On view August 17 through December 4, 2016, in the Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art, Rodin, The Human Experience: Selections from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Collections features thirty-two bronze sculptures by French artist Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) examining the artist’s fascination with the human figure and the body in motion. Included are selections representing some of Rodin’s most famous works illustrating both the evolution of the artist and of his craft. The exhibition commemorates the centennial anniversary of the sculptor’s death in 1917.
Recognized as the first truly modern sculptor, Rodin rejected the traditional representation of the figure and focused instead on subjective depictions of the human form that were emotionally intense, highly expressive, and full of motion. His work revolutionized the way sculpture was conceived and created, which led to more modern interpretations of form and content.
Rodin created the molds for his sculptures and employed dozens of master craftsmen who used the molds to make the final piece of art in stone, metal, or bronze. The molds meant his pieces could be replicated and even recreated in different sizes. Having that freedom allowed the artist to have his work on view in multiple museums across Europe and other countries. It also enabled him to sell smaller scale sculptures to art collectors.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.