Rodin in the United States: Confronting the Modern
Rodin in the united states: Confronting the Modern
Edited by Antoinette Le Normand-Romain
Contributions by Christina Buley-Uribe, Patrick R. Crowley, C. D. Dickerson, Laure de Margerie, Veronique Mattiussi, Elyse Nelson, Jennifer A. Thompson and Nora M. Rosengarten
A compelling examination of French sculptor Auguste Rodin from the perspective of his enthusiastic American audience
This exhibition catalogue explores the American reception of French artist Auguste Rodin (1840–1917), from 1893, when his first work entered a US museum, to the present. Its trajectory reaches from the collecting frenzy of the early twentieth century—promoted by philanthropist Katherine Seney Simpson and performer Loïe Fuller—to important museum acquisitions of the 1920s and 1930s. From there, it traverses the 1950s, when Rodin’s reputation flagged, through to the artist’s revival and recognition in the 1980s. Rodin’s promoters include a dynamic cast of characters, each of whom played a crucial role in cementing his status. The book traces this story through approximately 50 sculptures and 20 drawings that cover Rodin’s most iconic subjects and themes. They demonstrate his dexterity across media—his virtuosity in plaster, terracotta, bronze, and marble—as well as his expressive, colorful drawings, some of them relatively unknown, sparking new appreciation for his work and delight for readers.
Antoinette Le Normand-Romain, honorary general curator of heritage, directed the National Institute of Art History (INHA) in Paris from 2006 to 2016.
210 color + b-w illus.
Published by the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute and distributed by Yale University Press, New Haven