We should be surprised, that Google home page pays homage to the French sculptor Auguste Rodin on his 172nd Birthday.
However, the serious naked thinker progenitor of modern sculpture would be 172 if he were still magically alive today.
The famous thinker Auguste Rodin was born in November 12, 1840 in Paris into a working-class family. He began studying under painter Horace Lecoq de Boisbaudran, who emphasized the importance of drawing from memory and interpreting images in a personal style, skills which would later prove invaluable to the sculptor’s unique style. Auguste Rodin’s career he travelled to Italy, where he was inspired by Michelangelo’s sensual portrayal of bodies.
While, after passing out from Petite École, Rodin applied to take admission in the Grand École art college in Paris but failed to do so even after three attempts. After his rejection, he completely gave up the hope of being an artist and joined Catholic order.
Notably, the Man with the Broken Nose this and the few other sculptures that followed failed to get Auguste Rodin any recognition.
Surprisingly, the initial setbacks and criticism, Rodin never changed his style and slowly his work started to get noticed. By 1900, Rodin had become a world famous artists and some of his notable works included The Age of Bronze, The Thinker, The Three Shades, and The Kiss.
The Auguste Rodin died on November 17, 1917 because of lung congestion. A cast of The Thinker was placed next to his tomb in Meudon.