Auguste Rodin: Drawings & Watercolors

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"I have drawn all my life. I began withdrawing: I have never stopped drawing."—Auguste Rodin
From the "black" drawings contemporaneous with the Gates of Hell to his great watercolor nudes, this book reproduces hundreds of Auguste Rodin's most beautiful graphic works held in the collection of the Musée Rodin, a number of which are published here for the first time. The accompanying essays analyze the complex relationships between Rodin's drawings and his sculptures, the problems ...

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Overview

"I have drawn all my life. I began withdrawing: I have never stopped drawing."—Auguste Rodin
From the "black" drawings contemporaneous with the Gates of Hell to his great watercolor nudes, this book reproduces hundreds of Auguste Rodin's most beautiful graphic works held in the collection of the Musée Rodin, a number of which are published here for the first time. The accompanying essays analyze the complex relationships between Rodin's drawings and his sculptures, the problems of attribution, and the role of sensuality in his work.
Rodin's rich graphic oeuvre has until now been a little-known aspect of his art, yet it is crucial to a full understanding of his work. This book will be essential reading for anyone interested in the great sculptor's achievements.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

Auguste Rodin once stated, "My sculpture is merely drawing in all its dimensions." No wonder, then, that authors Le Normand-Romain (former curator of sculpture, Musée Rodin, Paris) and Buley-Uribe (curator of graphic works, Musée Rodin; coauthor, Auguste Rodin: Watercolors from the Collection of the Musée Rodin, Paris) have devoted an entire volume to his drawings and watercolors. The book begins with two essays, one by each author. The first essay covers Rodin's early career, his "black drawings," and the drawings associated with his monumental sculptural project The Gates of Hell. The second examines the role that drawing played in Rodin's mid to late career. The remaining 350-odd pages are devoted to color reproductions of Rodin's drawings and watercolors held by the Musée Rodin-many published for the first time-which are arranged in chronological groups representing different phases of Rodin's career and artistic interests. The book lacks an index, which makes it difficult to locate works on specific topics. Nevertheless, no other volume covers Rodin's drawings in such depth and detail. Recommended for academic and art libraries.
—Martha Smith

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500238356
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 4/9/2007
  • Pages: 440
  • Sales rank: 821,006
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Antoinette Le Normand-Romain is a National Heritage curator, in charge of the sculptures at the Musée Rodin. She has written widely on sculpture of the 19th and 20th centuries, and particularly on Rodin, on whom she has also curated many exhibitions.

Christina Buley-Uribe is the author of Auguste Rodin: Watercolors from the Collection of the Musée Rodin, Paris.

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Table of Contents


Drawings 'kneaded in ink'   Antoinette Le Normand-Romain     6
'The ultimate point of his work'   Christina Buley-Uribe     24
Drawings and watercolours     68
Youth (1860-80) plates 1-11
'Black drawings' (1880-90) plates 12-69
Architecture (1880-1914) plates 70-78
Transitional dramings (1890-96) plates 79-108
A new style (1896-1900) plates 109-195
Maturity (1900-1917) plates 196-339
Select bibliography     436
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