Rodin, Auguste

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Rodin, Auguste Gender: M
François-Auguste-René Rodin
born on 12 November 1840 at 12:00 (= 12:00 noon )
Place Paris, France, 48n52, 2e20
Timezone LMT m2e20 (is local mean time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Geslain
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 20°13' s_mo.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 28°44 Asc.s_capcol.18.gif 23°03'

Auguste Rodin


French artist, one of the world's master sculptors whose work influenced countless of other artists in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. His magnificent pieces included "The Kiss," 1886, "The Thinker," 1888 and "The Burghers of Calais" in 1895. Originally trained at the Petite Ecole, a school for training artisans, Rodin was refused admission to the more prestigious and established Ecole des Beaux-Arts three times. Rodin used his status as an outsider from the French art establishment to develop his own style of realism and naturalism revolutionizing French sculpture in the process. By the turn of the century, Rodin was the most celebrated sculptor in France with notoriety in Brussels, London, and Munich. In 1890, he received the Cross of the Legion of Honor. On 15 December 1916, the National Assembly voted to establish the Rodin Museum in the Hotel Biron to house his bronzes, marbles, paintings, drawings and plasters.

Rodin was born in Paris to a Norman father and a mother from Lorraine, France. He went to school in Rouen from 1851-1853. At 14, he entered the Petite Ecole, a school for the decorative arts. After completing his studies in 1858, Rodin produced decorative stonework to earn a living. In 1862, his sister Marie died leaving him devastated. He entered as a novitiate the Society of the Blessed Sacrament, a religious order. The head of the order encouraged Rodin to return to the secular world and continue his calling as an artist. He studied at the Louvre, Bibliotheque Imperiale, Musee d'Histoire Naturelle, and in the studio of Carrier-Belleuse, a decorative sculptor of the Second Empire. Rodin joined the National Guard for a few months in 1870. The following year, Rodin left the Guard and went to Brussels to work on decorative busts for first time sculpture buyers of the middle-class. For six years, Rodin worked on commissions for building projects and anticipated his return to Paris. He took a trip to Italy in the winter of 1875-76 to study the Italian Renaissance and find inspiration with Michelangelo's sculptures. Back in Brussels, he worked on his sculpture, "The Age of Bronze" which he exhibited in the Salon of 1877. It was a sensation. Controversy surrounded the anatomical realism of the figure convincing critics that the sculpture was cast from life. Rodin disputed the charge but the publicity generated around the work catapulted the artist into the art establishment.

The biggest event that occurred in Rodin's career was in 1880 with the commission he received from Edmond Turquet, the Undersecretary of State for Fine Arts, to create a sculptural portal for the planned Musee des Arts Decoratifs. He chose the theme of Dante's Inferno for "The Gates of Hell." By mid-1884, he was ready to give the estimate of the cost of casting "The Gates" in bronze. He continued to work on the project for four more years. By the time he wished to give the first public display of the plaster group in 1900, the plans for the doors had been changed and the Musee des Arts Decoratifs were now housed inside the Louvre. The existing casts were all made after Rodin's death. In "The Gates of Hell" was his famous central figure of Dante who evolved into "The Thinker." In 1884, he won the commission of the city government of Calais to erect a monument to five prominent citizens of the city during the English siege of Calais in 1347. Rodin ruffled the art establishment when he unveiled his masterpiece "Honore de Balzac" at the Salon of 1898. The public was hostile to the artist's depiction of the French novelist and the statue was rejected by the group which commissioned the work. At the Paris Universal Exposition of 1900, Rodin held a large retrospective exhibition of his work housed in a pavilion built with his own finances. By this time, he was famous around the world with art exhibitions in other European capitals receiving many honors as one of the greatest artist in his medium.

In 1864, Rodin met Rose Beuret, a seamstress who became his lifelong companion and model. She gave him a son and he married her shortly before his death. Rodin taught his gifted student and lover of almost 15 years, Camille Claudel. She modeled for some of his works.

Rodin died on 17 November 1917 at the Villa des Brillants in Meudon, France.

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  • Death, Cause unspecified 17 November 1917 in Meudon (Age 77)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.

Source Notes

Birth certificate in Didier Geslain archive, 'sculpteurs' pdf file, p. 145.

Previously, Sy Scholfield cited same birth record quoted in "Auguste Rodin: catalogue raisonné de l'œuvre sculpté, Volume 1" by Cécile Goldscheider (La Bibliotheque des Arts, 1989), p. 1: "Un acte d'état civil établi le 14 novembre 1840 par Boissel. adjoint au maire du xii arrondissement ancien, déclare la naissance de François- Auguste-René, né le 12 novembre à midi, 3. rue de l'Arbalète, fils de Jean-Baptiste Rodin, âgé de 38 ans, employé, et de Marie Cheffer, âgée de 34 ans. son épouse."

(Previously this entry had same data rated B: LMR quotes Victor Firsch, "Rodin" p.14).


  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Dyslexia
  • Vocation : Art : Fine art artist (Sculptor)
  • Notable : Famous : Historic figure (Master sculptor)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession
  • Notable : Book Collection : American Book