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Rodin worked in traditional sculptural materials such as clay, wax, plaster, bronze, and marble. Although he did not attend the renowned École des Beaux-Arts (School of Fine Arts) in Paris, he learned the craft of sculpture through experience and years of employment in the studios of other artists. As he explained, "In addition to sculpture and design, I myself have worked at all sorts of things. I've cut down marbles, and pointed them; I've done etching, and lithography, bronze founding and patina; I've worked in stone, made ornaments, pottery, jewelry—perhaps even too long; but it all has served. It's the material itself that interested me. In short, I began as an artisan, to become an artist. That's the good, the only, method." Once he became an established artist, Rodin relied on a large studio of assistants to help him create large-scale works. Their presence allowed him to delegate the production aspects of his sculptures so that he could focus on conceiving and executing new pieces.

Like other sculptors of his era, Rodin hoped to make as many versions of his works as possible in order to maintain his reputation and allow him to recoup the high costs of sculpture production. Each version is considered original as long as it was produced under the supervision of the artist or his estate, now overseen by the Musée Rodin in Paris. Most of the sculptures in the collection of the Rodin Museum were cast between 1924 and 1928, under the supervision of the Musée Rodin and by craftsmen who worked with Rodin during his lifetime, making them both original and high-quality works of art.


The Age of Bronze
Auguste Rodin
The Gates of Hell
Auguste Rodin
 
Eternal Springtime
Auguste Rodin
George Bernard Shaw
Auguste Rodin
 
Two Hands
Auguste Rodin
Youth Triumphant
Auguste Rodin
 
The Zoubaloff Fauness
Auguste Rodin
The Helmet-Maker's Wife
Auguste Rodin
 
Gustav Mahler
Auguste Rodin
The Clenched Hand
Auguste Rodin
 
The Hero
Auguste Rodin
The Left Hand
Auguste Rodin
 
Kneeling Fauness
Auguste Rodin
Study for "La France"
Auguste Rodin
 
Edward H. Harriman
Auguste Rodin
Apotheosis of Victor Hugo
Auguste Rodin
 
The Hand of the Devil Holding Woman
Auguste Rodin
Father Pierre-Julien Eymard
Auguste Rodin
 
The Secret
Auguste Rodin
Georges Clemenceau
Auguste Rodin
 
Madame Vicuña
Auguste Rodin
I Am Beautiful
Auguste Rodin
 
The Sorceress
Auguste Rodin
Victor Hugo
Auguste Rodin
 
Beside the Sea
Auguste Rodin
The Hand of God
Auguste Rodin
 
The Hand from the Tomb
Auguste Rodin
Bellona
Auguste Rodin
 
Small Head of Pierre de Wiessant
Auguste Rodin
Tragic Head
Auguste Rodin
 
The Martyr
Auguste Rodin
The Sirens
Auguste Rodin