Auguste Rodin

1840 - 1917
Sculptor, draftsman
Origin: France
Born: November 12, 1840, Paris, France
Died: November 17, 1917, Meudon, France

From an early age, Auguste Rodin pursued an artistic career, though his journey toward becoming "the only sculptor of the modern age on par with Michelangelo" was not an easy one. Born in a working-class district of Paris, Rodin was the son of a clerk with the police force. He was a promising student at the Petite Ecole, which he entered at age thirteen, taking first and second prizes in 1857 for a sculpture and a drawing, respectively. However, Rodin failed to gain admission to the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in three separate attempts; following this setback, he spent about twenty years working for various jewelers, masons and craftsmen creating decorative objects and architectural embellishments simply to earn a living.

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Le Lion Qui Pleure
Modeled 1881, this cast 1955, Bronze
Auguste Rodin
France, 1840 - 1917