Anatomy of an Artwork: Auguste Rodin's L'Âge d'airain

Paris | 25 October 2022

From the former David-Weill collection, L'Âge d'airain by Rodin, is a life-size bronze sculpture. It is based on the pure aesthetics of the human form, for many it is a masterpiece of modernity. Having remained in the same collection for fifty years, it is one of the very last examples of this model still in private hands.

Auguste Rodin’s L’Age d’airain refers to the Bronze Age, characterized by the newly mastery of fire. The theme refers to the third of the four ages of humanity described by the Greek poet Hesiod, whose work was translated by Leconte de Lisle (Paris, 1869). This title thus evokes the awakening of the civilization in primitive age, literally embodied by this male nude, suspended between unconsciousness and wakefulness.

It also affirms the direction that Rodin's art was now going to take and his focus on bronze as a means of creative expression and a way to revolutionize modern sculpture.

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