Who Is Auguste Rodin: Sculpture Male Nude Figure

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Auguste Rodin “The Thinker” 1886-1904 any replica’s Sculpture Male Nude Figure The Thinker is a bronze sculpture by Auguste Rodin, it was usually placed on a stone pedestal. The work shows a nude male figure sitting on a rock with his chin resting on one hand as though deep into thought. Perceived by people as an image that represents philosophy. The real figure is 73” tall and there are about 28 full size castings around of this sculpture. The castings can be done in plaster or bronze in which Rodin oversaw most of the castings. The sculpture was originally designed as a poet Dante, but it evolved to represent intellectual status. It was also supposed to go with another sculpture as the center piece of “The Gates of Hell” but was seen…show more content…
This is how Rodin explained his sculpture. "What makes my Thinker think is that he thinks not only with his brain, with his knitted brow, his distended nostrils and compressed lips, but with every muscle of his arms, back, and legs, with his clenched fist and gripping toes." (Metalfloss n.d.) In the earlier years the sculpture became a symbol of the socialist movement in France during a time of political and social imbalance. Let’s look at the sculpture itself. There is a naked man sitting in a deep thought or concentration. The figures back is arch and the hands have curled fingers resting under the chin. Notice the muscular back and shoulders. We saw this in the paintings I talked about the other day with “The Oath on the Tennis Court” – The muscular bodies show a sign of strength and power. There was an auction 2013 in New York and “The Thinker” sold for 13.5 Million dollars. It is so sad that you hear of artwork selling for millions of dollars after the artist is passed. I was connected to this piece based on a picture I took of my son one evening when I went to picture him up from work. Sitting on the side of work pondering what he wanted to
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