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Rodin: The Shock of the Modern Body

Rodin: The Shock of the Modern Body

Auguste Rodin

Auguste Rodin (France, 1840–1917), The Age of Bronze (L’âge d’airain), 1875-1876. Bronze, cast c. 1920. Gift of the B. Gerald Cantor Collection, 1983.300

At the time of his death, Auguste Rodin (France, 1840-1917) was counted among the most renowned artists in the world. A century later, after numerous reassessments by generations of art historians, Rodin continues to be recognized for making figurative sculpture modern by redefining the expressive capacity of the human form. This installation spans three galleries and features nearly 100 Rodin sculptures essential to telling his story and representing his groundbreaking engagement with the body. Drawn from the extensive holdings of the Cantor Arts Center, the largest collection of sculptures by Rodin in an American museum, it also presents comparative works by his rivals, mentors, admirers, and imitators.

Check out the Cantor for publications about August Rodin and his works, available for purchase in the Cantor's Atrium.


Rodin Tour Sundays at 3 pm, Wednesdays at 2 pm, Saturdays at 11:30 am. Meet in the Atrium

Gallery Talk Wednesday, November 8 at 12 pm

Gallery Talk Thursday, November 16 at 2 pm

Gallery Talk Saturday, December 9 at 12 pm

Gallery Talk Thursday, January 18 at 12 pm

Gallery Talk Wednesday, February 14 at 12 pm

Auguste Rodin (France, 1840–1917), The Three Shades (Les Ombres), 1881-1886. Bronze, cast in 1978. Gift of the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Collection, 1998.360

Auguste Rodin (France, 1840–1917), Despair (L’Désespoir), 1887-1890. Bronze. Gift of the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation, 1974.62

Auguste Rodin (France, 1840–1917), Victor Hugo, known as the Bust to the Illustrious Master (Victor Hugo, buste dit À l’Illustre Maître), 1885, first modeled 1883. Bronze. Gift of Cyril Magnin, 1971.5

This exhibition is organized by the Cantor Arts Center. We gratefully acknowledge support from the Robert Mondavi Fund, the Clumeck Fund, and Museum Members.