Auguste Rodin Quotes (32 quotes)
“Art is contemplation. It is the pleasure of the mind which searches into nature and which there divines the spirit of which nature herself is animated.”
"Art by Auguste Rodin", Auguste Rodin, Paul Gsell, translated by Katharine Waldo (Douglas) Fedden, Small, Maynard, 1916
As quoted in: The Nation, Volume 109, Nation Company, 1919, p. 6
As quoted in Heads and Tales (1936) by Malvina Hoffman, p. 47
“The artist is the confidant of nature, flowers carry on dialogues with him through the graceful bending of their stems and the harmoniously tinted nuances of their blossoms. Every flower has a cordial word which nature directs towards him.”
Attributed. As quoted in: The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards, Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam, 1999
“The artist must create a spark before he can make a fire and before art is born, the artist must be ready to be consumed by the fire of his own creation.”
As quoted in A Toolbox for Humanity: More Than 9000 Years of Thought (2004) by Lloyd Albert Johnson, p. 7
“The modes of expression of men of genius differ as much as their souls, and it is impossible to say that in some among them, drawing and color are better or worse than in others.”
Art by Auguste Rodin (1912) by Paul Gsell, p. 105, "Drawing and Color"
“There are unknown forces in nature; when we give ourselves wholly to her, without reserve, she lends them to us; she shows us these forms, which our watching eyes do not see, which our intelligence does not understand or suspect.”
As quoted in "Auguste Rodin: Readings on His Life and Work" (Prentice-Hall, 1965) by Albert Edward Elsen, p. 161
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Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsAuguste Rodin
Born: November 12, 1840
Died: November 17, 1917 (aged 77)
Bio: François-Auguste-René Rodin, known as Auguste Rodin, was a French sculptor. Although Rodin is generally considered the progenitor of modern sculpture, he did not set out to rebel against the past. He was schooled traditionally, took a craftsman-like approach to his work, and desired academic recognition, although he was never accepted into Paris's foremost school of art.
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