Synopses & Reviews
The great master of the human form: The sweetness of sin arose from the roots of pain
Auguste Rodin was the great master of the human form, in clay, bronze and marble. He hymned Woman, summoning all the passions, joys and vices of life. The poet Rilke wrote that "the sweetness of sin arose from the roots of pain" in Rodin`s figures. They captivate us still, their brilliance undimmed by the passage of time. About the Series:
Each book in TASCHEN’s Basic Art series features:
- a detailed chronological summary of the life and oeuvre of the artist, covering his or her cultural and historical importance
- a concise biography
- approximately 100 illustrations with explanatory captions
August Rodin was one of the greatest sculptors of the nineteenth century. During his long and prolific career, he was responsible for breaking away from the conventions of French sculpture with his highly realistic and often erotic approach to the human form. With "the Kiss", "the Thinker", and "the Gates of Hell", along with hundreds of other busts, groups, and entwined figures, he discovered new and powerful effects that could be obtained from marble, bronze, sculpture, and plaster.
About the Author
Gilles Néret (1933-2005) was an art historian, journalist, writer and museum correspondent. He organized several art retrospectives in Japan and founded the SEIBU museum and the Wildenstein Gallery in Tokyo. He directed art reviews such as L'Œil and Connaissance des Arts and received the Elie Faure Prize in 1981 for his publications. His TASCHEN titles include Salvador Dalí: The Paintings, Matisse, and Erotica Universalis.