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Rodin in the United States: Confronting the Modern

November 1, 2022 | Claudia Einecke

Bronze sculpture of a seated man in profile, his chin resting on his hand.

Auguste Rodin (French, 1840–1917) is one of the most celebrated sculptors of the modern age. Due in part to the collectors, critics, and curators who helped shape the public image of his work, he is represented in museums and private collections across the globe. Rodin in the United States: Confronting the Modern follows his rise to eminence in the United States, beginning in 1893, when the first Rodin sculpture entered an American museum; expanding with a surge of interest from private collectors in the early 1900s and a spate of key museum acquisitions in the 1920s and 1930s; continuing through decades of disinterest at midcentury; and culminating with his popular and critical revival in the 1980s. 

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Auguste Rodin (French, 1840–1917), The Thinker, modeled 1903, cast by Alexis Rudier 1928, bronze, The Baltimore Museum of Art: The Jacob Epstein Collection, 1930.25.1.


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