Heroic Bust of Victor Hugo, c. 1890-97, Auguste Rodin, bronze.
Rodin: Truth, Form, Life
Selections from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Collections
January 24 - April 7, 2019
As one of the world’s most revered artists, Auguste Rodin (French, 1840 – 1917) transformed the practice of sculpture during a career that spanned the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, ushering it into the modern era. His works capture the vitality of the human form and spirit in ways that are recognized as groundbreaking, while his vision, studio and business practices influenced many countless artists who followed him.
The inaugural exhibition of the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery on campus in 1983 featured thirty-one bronze sculptures by Auguste Rodin from the collection of the Cantors. Included were figures from his three major public projects: The Gates of Hell, The Burghers of Calais, and Monument to Balzac. Thirty-five years later, in celebration of concurrent milestone anniversaries for both the College and the Gallery, the Cantor Art Gallery is pleased to present the exhibition Rodin: Truth, Form, Life organized by the Cantor Foundation, including twenty-two of Rodin’s sculptures. Alongside the works selected from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Collections, several important works by the artist given to the College that have been part of its permanent collection since the late 1970s and early 1980s will also be on view.