Fleeting Moments - National Gallery of Danemark
This exhibition takes you to the very core of the work of French sculptor Auguste Rodin: his drawings. Drawings allowed Rodin to explore the human form freely and spontaneously before expressing what he saw and learned in clay and stone.It is very simple. My drawings are the key to my work.
The French artist Auguste Rodin (1840–1917) is one of the greatest masters in art history. He is best known for his dramatic, pathos-filled sculptures, which he created from the mid-nineteenth century onwards – works that revolutionised the art of sculpture. But Rodin was also a draughtsman. In fact he produced more than 10,000 drawings, and they occupy a key position in the evolution and method of his art.
The drawings enabled him to experiment more freely and spontaneously with the human form than the large, three-dimensional sculptures allowed. He transferred the lessons learned through these drawings to his work with clay and stone. Hence we can say, as Rodin himself did, that his drawings are the key to his art.
The exhibition, which is created in collaboration with Musée Rodin in Paris, addresses the forces and impulses at play in these drawings, and looks at the things that make Rodin’s depictions of the human form so groundbreaking.