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Rodin: The Human Experience — Selections from the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Collections

February 28 – June 14, 2015
Paton|Smith|Della Penna-Fernberger Galleries

Edward Steichen, Portrait of Rodin, 1910, photogravure, lent by Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Foundation
Auguste Rodin, Balzac in Dominican Robe, modeled 1893; Musée Rodin cast 9 in an edition of unknown size in 1981, bronze; Georges Rudier Foundry, lent by Iris Cantor
Auguste Rodin, Monumental Head of the Shade, modeled about 1880; Musée Rodin cast II/IV in 1995, bronze; Godard Foundry, lent by Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Foundation
Auguste Rodin, Hand of God, modeled 1898; cast number and date unknown, bronze; Alexis Rudier Foundry, lent by Iris Cantor

Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) is one of the greatest sculptors of the late nineteenth century. This stunning installation of bronzes features work spanning the artist's long career, and is especially rich in portraiture. Included are his famous depictions of writer Victor Hugo and Honoré de Balzac; the musician Gustav Mahler; the artist Claude Lorraine; one of his favorite dancers, Hanako; and his portrayal of God, which is also a self-portrait.

The selected bronzes in the show represent the major achievements of Rodin's career. They include the powerful Burghers of Calais, as well as works derived from his masterpiece, The Gates of Hell. Others, such as The Night (Double Figure), demonstrate his experimentation with assemblage. Also featured are sculptures, such as Monumental Torso of the Walking Man, which demonstrate his admiration for Michelangelo, and Dance Movement D, which speaks to his interest in creating an illusion of movement.

Rodin’s ability to use bronze to represent living flesh and his interest in expressing extreme psychological states were highly influential upon younger artists, both in Europe and America. Rodin: The Human Experience reveals why the artist is considered the crucial link between traditional and modern sculpture.

Rodin: The Human Experience - Selections from the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Collections is generously supported by Visit Bucks County and Jon Paton.

This exhibition has been organized and made possible by the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Foundation.

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