Auguste Rodin Faces And Fables New Exhibition

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20 June 2024 to 19 July 2024 Bowman Sculpture Gallery

A promotional image for an exhibition titled Faces and Fables: Rodin’s Portraiture, Great Commissions, Mythology, and Sculptural Innovations. It runs from 20th June to 19th July 2024 at Bowman Sculpture in London. The image features a metallic sculpture of intertwined figures.

Immerse yourself in the timeless beauty and profound storytelling of one of history's greatest sculptors.

Bowman Sculpture is thrilled to announce its upcoming exhibition titled ‘Faces and Fables: Rodin's Portraiture,Great Commissions, Mythology, and Sculptural Innovations.’ This captivating showcase will delve into the multifaceted world of Auguste Rodin, one of the most revered sculptors of all time. Scheduled to open on the 20th of June and running until the 19th of July, Faces and Fables will offer visitors a comprehensive journey through Rodin's artistic evolution. The exhibition will feature a stunning array of 30 sculptures from his earliest works through to the final pieces of his career and will centre around themes of Rodin’s portraiture, his most famous monumental commissions, mythological sculptures, and his innovative use of assemblage techniques that epitomize his mastery of the medium and which pushed the boundaries of artistic expression long before such techniques gained widespread recognition in the art world.

Auguste Rodin's portraiture captures the essence of his subjects with depth and emotion. From intimate studies to grand busts, each piece reveals the artist's ability to breathe life into clay and bronze and not only capture the visual aspects of the sitter but also incorporate an element of the sitter’s personality. The exhibition will feature two versions of Rodin’s iconic portraits derived from the Monument to Balzac, known to be one of the most controversial sculptures of the 19th century, including a cast of the final study of the work which was originally presented at the Salon of 1898. This present piece is number 7 of only thirteen casts in existence.

Of the 13 casts the majority are to be found in public collections including examples in the collections of the Musée Rodin, Paris; the Metropolitan Museum, New York; the Brooklyn Museum, New York and the Stanford University Art Gallery and Museum, Palo Alto.

In this upcoming exhibition, Bowman Sculpture is proud to present a rare and extraordinary highlight: an exquisite lifetime cast of The Thinker, one of only six known casts made between 1903 and 1914. Perhaps the most famous sculpture of all time, Auguste Rodin initially conceived this sculpture as an integral piece for the tympanum of his monumental work, La Porte de l’Enfer (The Gates of Hell), inspired by Dante’s The Divine Comedy.

Another exciting highlight is a set of lifetime casts of individual sculptures of The Burghers of Calais. This remarkable assembly offers a unique opportunity to experience each figure in its full sculptural splendour, providing viewers with unparalleled insight into Rodin's creative process and the emotional depth imbued within each character.

‘Faces and Fables’ promises to be a highlight of the art calendar.

Further Information: Contemporary & Antique Sculpture Gallery | Bowman Sculpture