Francois-Auguste-Rene Rodin (1840-1917) did not follow the prescribed path for a nineteenth century artist. Early on, living in poverty in Paris and lacking the advantages of less talented students of art, Rodin rejected traditional idealized forms, introducing instead innovative, sometimes shocking practices that paved the way for modern sculpture. Rodin is so titanic a figure in art history, that even young children recognize his iconic statue, The Thinker and are fascinated at a later age with the erotic power and beauty of The Kiss. In 2017, the centennial of Rodin’s passing, Dammann traces the personal and creative arcs of a true genius.
The Short Biographies series from Applewood’s Benna Books imprint features intriguing and entertaining biographies of world-renowned figures. Each little gem of a book is an enticing introduction to an important life.