Inspirational Art Quotes by the famous French Sculptor
born François Auguste René
Rodin - Paris, France - November 12, 1840 / Died
- November 17, 1917
Popular Auguste Rodin sculptures include "The
Burghers of Calais", "The Gates of Hell",
"The Kiss", and perhaps his most famous
work, "The Thinker".
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+ It is truly flesh! You would think it moulded
by kisses and caresses! You almost expect, when
you touch this body, to find it warm.
(Rodin talking about an antique marble copy of
the Venus de' Medici)
+ The sculptor represents the transition from
one pose to another.. he indicates how insensibly
the first glides into the second. In his work
we still see a part of what was and we discover
a part of what is to be.
+ It is the artist who is truthful and it is photography
which lies, for in reality time does not stop,
and if the artist succeeds in producing the impression
of a movement which takes several moments for
accomplishment, his work is certainly much less
conventional than the scientific image, where
time is abruptly suspended.
+ Art is contemplation. It is the pleasure of
the mind which searches into nature and which
there divines the spirit of which Nature herself
+ Recently I have taken to isolating limbs, the
torso. Why am I blamed for it? Why is the head
allowed and not portions of the body? Every part
of the human figure is expressive.
+ Have pity, mean girl. I can't go on. I can't
go another day without seeing you. Atrocious madness,
it's the end, I won't be able to work anymore.
Malevolent goddess, and yet I love you furiously.
(Rodin writing to his lover Camille Claudel)
+ How painful it is to find that my figure can
be of no help to my future.. how painful to see
it rejected on account of a slanderous suspicion!
(Rodin talking about a work he created that was
so realistic, he was accused of creating the work
from a mold).
+ The artist must create a spark before he can
make a fire and before art is born, the artist
must be ready to be consumed by the fire of his