Rodin Sculpture

The Portland Art Museum has a lovely display of Rodin sculpture. My friend Alethea and I went on Member’s night. We arrived early so were able to spend time looking closely at the sculptures before the crowds arrived.

I first saw Rodin’s work when I was 10 years old at the Rodin museum in Philadelphia. I have been fascinated since then by his genius.

We learned a lot about his life and career. I did not realize “at age 17, Rodin applied to attend the École des Beaux-Arts, a prestigious institution in Paris [1]”  and he was rejected twice later! He was not recognized as a great artist until he was in his 40s.

We were also surprised to learn that modern copies are being made under restricted French laws. Read about it here: Rodin’s Moral Right.

Visit the website of the Rodin Museum in Paris to learn more. They have extensive educational resources.

  1. Auguste Rodin. (2015, November 12). Retrieved from

Gallery of the Rodin Sculpture

No photo can possibly do them justice. These are snaps from my iPhone to encourage you to see them in person.

Be sure to click the thumbnail to open up full screen and view slide show.


“Art is the most sublime mission of man since it is the expression of thought seeking to understand the world and to make it understood.” – Rodin