About the artist
Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) was a French sculptor, considered to be the father of modern sculpture. He was a leading figure in the Impressionist movement and his works are well known for their emotional intensity and realism. Rodin was born in Paris and studied at the Petite Ecole, where he was taught by the sculptor Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse. He was also influenced by the works of Michelangelo and Donatello. Rodin's most famous works include The Thinker, The Kiss and The Gates of Hell. He was also a prolific draughtsman and printmaker. Rodin was married twice and had a long-term relationship with the sculptor Camille Claudel.
Also associated with: Impressionism, The Thinker, The Kiss, The Gates of Hell, Petite Ecole, Camille Claudel.