Rodin was a progenitor of modern sculpture who tried to express infinite freedom and mysteries of the human body through his art. There is no doubt that everyone is well aware of ‘The Thinker,’ one of the most famous works by Rodin.
‘The Thinker’ is the man who is in deep thoughts with his chin propped up on his hand. He is sitting silently apart from the rapidly flowing human life for a while. ‘The Thinker’ was initially intended to be displayed as sculpture outside an art museum. ‘The Thinker’ which is set in Dante’s Divine Comedy of Heaven, Purgatory, and Hell, is highly appreciated for its elaborate drawing, simple style, and physical beauty, making it one of the most valuable pieces of art in history.
Rodin tried to reach for true ‘core’ of art, taking a step forward from the limited figure of human beings through ‘The Thinker.’ The meaning of true core of art is that he was eager to be creative and change the limited shape of his sculpture, to the extent in which a certain figure overcomes limitation from their physical shape.
The ‘Hand of God’ is known as one of the greatest masterpieces of the century among Rodin’s sculptures, because it has every element of human emotion from despair to peace (or happiness). Also, other elements such as courage and grief are included in this work. Rodin wanted to make everything which is in consecutive order exist at the same time, being in a harmony altogether through a hand grasping a small stone.
He tried not only to realize an inevitably limited human body, but also even materialize the realm of God, saying that all stages and changes in the world leave traits. Except ‘The Burghers of Calais,’ inspired by Jean Froissart and ‘The Kiss’ one of the masterpieces contributed by his erotic expression, lets us feel the real beauty of Rodin’s art. Auguste Rodin was an exceptional genius, being so-called the ‘Modern Michelangelo.’ After the Renaissance period, he created an underestimated number of sculptures from a mere memorial depicting a certain public affair to an independent part of pure creation.
The current exhibition includes ‘Hand of God’ mentioned above, ‘The Gates of Hell,’ and ‘The Figures of Eros,’ which was inspired when he fell in love with ‘Camille Claudel’ and majorly consists of 6 themes. This exhibition continues until August 22nd, and started April 30th at the Seoul Museum of Art. Go and enjoy these historical masterpieces of art, you won’t regret it!