by Jane Mayo Roos
Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) was the foremost sculptor of the nineteenth century, creating such iconic, profoundly expressive works as The Kiss, The Thinker, and The Gates of Hell. In this engaging monograph, Jane Mayo Roos gives an informative overview of the life and works of Rodin and treats all his major works in their biographical, social, and historical context.
From his early sculptures made during his pursuit of recognition by the art establishment to his high-profile portraits and public commissions, numerous illustrations present Rodin's works in situ and in detail. They are accompanied by drawings and contemporary photographs of maquettes and of the artist with his work. The greatest sculptures, including The Burghers of Calais and portraits of Victor Hugo and Honore de Balzac, are thoroughly examined through accounts of their commission, design, and making.