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Rodin Revisited at the Musée des Beaux Arts

‘Rodin Revisited’, an exhibit currently running at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts  in collaboration with the Musée Rodin in Paris,

has taken on the task of reintroducing Auguste Rodin to an audience that may consider, in Hughes’s words, “reproductions of The Kiss and The Thinker the very furniture of cliché.” … According to the show’s first didactic panel, the general public’s understanding of sculptural practice is lacking and “nourished by a great deal of confusion,” and this extends particularly to the little world contained within the studio of Rodin…this exhibition seeks to clarify what we do not know. It explicates the processes behind the experimental practices…Rodin’s interactions with his team of 50-odd assistants, among them live, nude models, clay beaters, mortar plashers, stone carvers, bronze casters, patinators and photographers, are examined as forms of artistic collaboration, and the audience is treated to an in-depth look at the many materials utilized in the studio’[1].

Did you know that RENEW Gallery is home to an important bronze candelabra by artist F.B. Matthews, who worked in the circle of Rodin? When studying this piece and then recalling the work of Auguste Rodin – its clear that the great artist influences a large circle of artists in the vein of early abstraction of the human form.

Here is a look at our piece. What do you think? Can you see Rodin’s influence?



[1] http://canadianart.ca/reviews/rodin-revisited-at-the-montreal-museum-of-fine-arts/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Weekly+July+2+2015&utm_content=Weekly+July+2+2015+CID_7c380eed4692cf92362bee57b6ebfbbb&utm_source=E%20Weekly%20Campaign&utm_term=RODIN%20REVISITED%20AT%20THE%20MONTREAL%20MUSEUM%20OF%20FINE%20ARTS Accessed 7/2/15