Auguste Rodin French, 1840-1917


Auguste Rodin’s exceptional works comment on the best and worst of human emotion. His works are known to portray human strength, beauty, as well as vulnerability and anguish.   Breaking away from idealistic traditions, Rodin instead took a realistic approach and created works that emphasized detailed human emotion through physical expression.  Rodin created profound works over the course of five decades.


Born in Paris, Rodin attended the school “La Petite Ecole” where he studied drawing and painting.  He studied with sculptor Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux from 1854-1857, and for the next two decades made his living by creating decorative objects.  He later went on to study with Antoine-Louis Barye whose incredibly detailed animal sculptures impacted Rodin.

Museums and Public Collections

Ackland Art Museum at the University of North Carolina

Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Massachusetts

Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Japan

Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales, Cardiff

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, British Columbia

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto

Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide

Art Institute of Chicago

Ball State Museum of Art, Indiana

Beaverbrook Art Gallery, New Brunswick

Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University, Illinois

Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Maine

Brooklyn Museum, New York City

Canton Museum of Art, Ohio

Canton Museum of Art, Ohio

Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Chazen Museum of Art at the University of Wisconsin

Chi-Mei Museum, Taiwan

Christchurch Art Gallery / Te Puna O Waiwhetu, New Zealand

Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio

Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

Courtauld Institute of Art, London, UK

Currier Gallery of Art, New Hampshire

Dallas Art Museum

Dublin City Gallery | The Hugh Lane, Dublin, Ireland   

Detroit Institute of Arts

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Rome

Haifa Museum, Haifa, Israel

Hammer Museum, California

Harvard University Art Museums, Massachusetts

Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, University of Glasgow, Scotland

Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana

Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska

Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, Netherlands

Kunstmuseum Basel, Switzerland

Los Angeles County Museum of Art   

MacKenzie Art Gallery, Saskatchewan

Magyar Nemzeti Galéria (Hungarian National Gallery), Budapest

Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas

Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, New York

Middelheim Open-Air Museum for Sculpture, Antwerp, Belgium

Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis, Missouri

Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin

Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota  

Hermitage Museum

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Louvre Museum

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Musée d’Orsay

Musée des Beaux Arts et d'Archéologie de Besançon, France

Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, France  

Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nice, France

L'Âge d'airain, bronzeMusée des Beaux-Arts, Marseilles, France

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires

Museo Sorolla,

Museu de Arte de São Paulo, Brazil

Museu Nacional de Belas Artes, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, Texas

National Museum of Art of Romania

National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo

National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

National Portrait Gallery, London, UK

New Art Gallery, Walsall, England

New Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen

New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester, England

North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh

Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille, Lille,

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Pomona College Museum of Art, California

Portland Museum of Art, Maine

Princeton University Art Museum, New Jersey

Rodin Gallery, Seoul, South Korea

Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels

Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium Catalogue

San Diego Museum of Art,

Schleswig-Holstein Museums, Germany

Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago

Smith College Museum of Art, Massachusetts

Southampton City Art Gallery, England

Statens Museum for Kunst (National Gallery of Denmark), Copenhagen

Studio Esseci

Musée Rodin

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Museum of Modern Art, New York

National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh   

National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa  

Neue Pinakothek, Munich, Germany

Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, California

Réunion des Musées Nationaux,

Rodin Museum at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.   

Städel Museum,

Tate Gallery, London, UK

The Albertina Graphic Art Databank, Vienna

The Walters Art Museum, Maryland   

Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid

University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City

Valtion Taidemuseo (Finnish National Gallery), Helsinki, Finland

Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

Victoria and Albert Museum Catalogue, London, UK

Von der Heydt-Museum, Wuppertal, German

Walker Art Center, Minnesota

Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, Cologne

Wichita State University Outdoor Sculpture Collection, Kansas

Yamagata Museum of Art, Japan

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