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Auguste Rodin, the great retrospective at the Grand Palais

Exhibition March 22 − July 31, 2017
In Paris Grand Palace (Grand Palais)open a big retrospective exhibition of creativity of Auguste Rodin. It is dedicated to the centenary of the death of the great master. The exhibition presents about 350 works of which two-thirds of the best works of the master – "the Thinker," "Gates of Hell", "Kiss", "Walking man". Another third of the exhibits are the work of his famous disciples and followers: Picasso, Henri Matisse, Giacometti.

Having the opportunity to see the work of the sculptor invariably talking about the impressive expressive faces and gestures. This work on the sculptural expressiveness of the characters was the main merit of Auguste Rodin. He seems to breathe life into sculptural works. But few people know that an independent sculptor, Rodin became only forty years, to 1880. His journey in art was not an easy job. Comes from a wealthy family, he long worked as a decorative bricklayer. Applied three times to the prestigious School of fine arts and until nearly the age of forty, worked as an apprentice to other artists. Evil tongues have long been reminded that he did not have "good schools". However, historian and one of the exhibition's curator Antoinette Le Norman-Romain suggests that this is what has allowed the sculptor to free the sculpture as a genre from which became for her a narrow academic framework.

A separate place in the exposition is a collection of photographs of Rodin and his drawings. Sculptor actively used photographs in work – could retouch them with a pencil and paints. Later, Rodin has painted and exhibited. At the Grand Palais his drawings are shown alongside the works of Matisse and Egon Schiele.
The exhibition is well organized by topics and shows stage by stage how the ideas of Auguste Rodin, was taken up and redesigned by his successors.