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The Kiss (1886) Auguste Rodin Bronze - Large

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About Rodin bronze reproduction

This Rodin bronze is based on the couple from Dante's 'Inferno'. AUGUSTE RODIN (1840-1917).

In between Romanticism and Impressionism, this self-willed French artist created some of the most famous pieces known in the art of sculpting. Rodin was very talented at conveying feeling in his compositions by emphasizing the body gesture. Also, Rodin bronze's rough surface texture with deep hollows added strong shadows and naturalism to the body shapes. Rodin's goal, as he put it, was "to render inner feelings through muscular movement." He achieved this artistic objective by joining his profound knowledge of anatomy and movement with special attention to the body's surfaces, saying, "The sculptor must learn to reproduce the surface, which means all that vibrates on the surface, soul, love, passion, life...The sculpture is thus the art of hollows and mounds, not of smoothness, or even polished planes."



Auguste Rodin was a French sculptor who exhibited a unique talent to capture the extreme depths of human emotion. Although he didn't study at the prestigious École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, he found inspiration in sculptural traditions. A majority of his criticism was due to his departure from highly decorative and thematic traditions. He preferred forms that were true to nature and took Michelangelo and Da Vinci as prime influences. Despite the controversy that surrounded his art, he refused to change his style, sticking to his vision until the end of his days. His most famous piece of Art, The Thinker, was originally part of a larger vision. Along with The Kiss and Gates of Hell, Rodin tried to encapsulate Dante’s Inferno in bronze. Eventually, the sculptor earned fame thanks to his unexpected realism and use of unconventional materials. Throughout his later life, he remains one of the greatest artists of his era.


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