Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) was a pivotal figure is celebrated as the greatest sculptor of the 19th century. His work influenced many sculptors in Europe and America and his students carried forward his beliefs in sculpture into the 20th century. Forty-five works from the prestigious Cantor Collections, including portraits, full figures, torsos, fragments, and reliefs will fill the Rosen Galleries at Brookgreen Gardens, bringing the work of this great master to South Carolina's coast.
Some of his best-known sculptures are represented such as Balzac, figures from The Burghers of Calais, and maquettes from The Gates of Hell. His work represents a crucial transition to the modernism of the 20th century, which influenced many sculptors in Europe and America. His sculpture, The Thinker, is one of the most recognized works in sculpture. Rodin created many iconic works that altered the way traditional sculpture was perceived and set the stage for many modern sculptors to come.