Auguste Rodin

1840 - 1917

Introducing Auguste Rodin

Auguste Rodin was born on November 12, 1840 in Paris. At the age of 14, he became a student at the former Petite Ecole in the Quartier Latin, now named the

École Impériale Spéciale de Dessin et de Mathématiques from 1854 to 1857. Rodin attended classes by Lecoq de Boisbaudran and Jean-Baptiste Belloc. He tried three times to be accepted at the École des Beaux-Arts, because he found an interest in sculpting. Unfortunately, he failed the entrance exam. Rodin was very close with his sister, Maria, so after she died in 1862, he fell into a personal crisis and joined the Company of the Blessed Sacrament. During the years 1875-1876, Rodin took a trip to Italy to study the works of Michelangelo and Donatello. His breakthrough piece as a sculptor was "The Age of Bronze" in 1876. Some of Rodin's most famous sculptures that are considered individual works are "The Kiss," "Adam," "Eve," and "The Thinker. Sadly, Rodin died on November 17, 1917 in Meudon.

Did You Know?

  • Rodin is a French scultpor and is best known for creating several iconic pieces of work.
  • He has two museums dedicated to the life and works of Auguste Rodin, called the Rodin Museum.
  • The museums are located in Paris and Meudon.
  • Rodin enlisted in the National Guard.
  • He originally named "The Kiss" as "The Poet."