"The Thinker" (Le Penseur) was first designed in 1902, though there are many other molds of the popular statue. Rodin's statue of Honore de Balzac also prevails in many variations, such as molds at New York's Art gallery of Contemporary Art, the Los Angeles Nation Art gallery of Art and the Norton Simon Art gallery of Art in Pasadena.
Auguste Rodin statues highlight musculature and activity, with topics often supposing contorted and anguished presents. His perform is often considered as providing the way for modern statue of the Twentieth millennium.
Though his love life was not as torrid as Picasso's, Rodin had an amour fou with fellow artist Camille Claudel that has inspired some contemporary dramatizations. The 1989 movie "Camille Claudel" features outstanding performances from Isabelle Adjani in the title role and Gerard Depardieu as Rodin.
A new movie about Claudel, starring Juliette Binoche and directed by Bruno Dumont, is expected to be released next year. The movie is set during her long stay in a mental hospital following her break from Rodin.
There's even a ballet about the stormy Rodin-Claudel relationship created by the Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg. "Rodin" -- which was panned by the New York Times earlier this year -- will have its West Coast premiere May 3 at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa.