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PUBLICATION DATE: March 29, 2022
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Introducing Auguste Rodin
By Pippa Stephenson-Sit
Auguste Rodin is one of the world’s best-known sculptors, his radical approach to subject and technique earning him the title ‘the father of modern sculpture’. William Burrell collected sculptures by Rodin over four decades, from small, decorative pieces, to dramatic life-size artworks, and today Glasgow’s Burrell Collection holds the second largest grouping of Rodins in the UK.
For the first time, this book reproduces in full all 14 of the Burrell’s Rodin sculptures. Among these are early, formative works such as The Age of Bronze, famous sculptures including The Thinker and previously little-known artworks, one of which, The Wave, is a unique cast. New photography shows the sculptures from many viewpoints and reveals fascinating details close up. Illuminating descriptions of the works, an accessible explanation of techniques, and an overview of the artist’s career allow for a deeper appreciation of Rodin’s fascinating journey to becoming one of history’s greatest sculptors.
Pippa Stephenson is Curator of European Art, Glasgow Museums. Her research interests span the astonishing breadth of Glasgow Museums’ European fine art collections, including Spanish sixteenth-century portraiture, French nineteenth-century painting and sculpture, and the work of Salvador Dalí.