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Auguste Rodin Essay

922 words - 4 pages

Walking
 Man.
 Musee
 d'
 Orsay,
 Paris.
 17
 Oct.
 2012.
 Illustration
 from
 Gardner’s
 Art
 through
 the
 Ages.
 


 


 
  Dear
 Editor,
 
 
 
  My
 name
 is
 François-­‐Auguste-­‐René
 Rodin
 and
 I’m
 the
 creator
 of
 the
 1907
  sculpture
 Walking
 Man.
 I’m
 writing
 this
 letter
 in
 response
 to
 the
 critic
 that
 stated
  that
 my
 work
 was
 crude
 and
 unimpressive
 -­‐
 a
 waste
 of
 time
 and
 metal.
 In
 this
 letter
  I
 will
 be
 going
 over
 a
 few ...view middle of the document...

 When
 I
 created
 this
 beauty
 of
 nature,
 I
 used
 some
 features
 from
 a
 previous
  sculpture
 of
 mine
 called
 Saint
 John
 the
 Baptist
 in
 which
 I
 did
 in
 1878.
 The
 only
 parts
  used
 from
 this
 previous
 work
 were
 the
 torso
 and
 legs.
 As
 for
 the
 head
 and
 arms
 that
  are
 missing,
 I
 didn’t
 want
 to
 distract
 the
 focus
 of
 this
 piece,
 it’s
 motion,
 this
 is
  probably
 why
 the
 art
 critic
 thought
 of
 this
 sculpture
 as
 crude
 and
 unimpressive.
  From
 every
 angle
 that
 you
 look
 at
 the
 Walking
 Man
 you
 can
 clearly
 feel
 that
 this
  sculpture
 is
 going
 somewhere.
 You
 don’t
 need
 to
 see
 its
 swaying
 arms
 or
 the
  expression
 of
 the
 model’s
 face.
 You
 can
 feel
 it
 in
 the
 strength
 of
 its
 legs
 and
 forward
  leaning
 torso
 that
 swivels
 ever
 so
 slightly
 to
 the
 left.
 


  I
 must
 say
 that
 I
 was
 extremely
 discontent
 with
 the
 term
 that
 was
 used
 -­‐
 a
  waste
 of
 time
 and
 metal.
 
 I
 have
 been
 using
 bronze
 since
 The
 Age
 of
 Bronze,
 which
 I
  did
 in
 1877.
 This
 is
 something
 that
 I
 am
 familiar
 with.
 This
 lengthy
 process
 includes;
  an
 initial
 clay
 model,
 then
 a
 plaster
 "waste"
 mold
 that
 is
 thrown
 away,
 a
 plaster
 cast,
  a
 plaster
 "piece"
 mold,
 a
 wax
 cast
 for
 easy
 removal,
 a
 "shell"
 mold,
 and
 finally
 a
  bronze
 cast.
 While
 assembling
 the
 final
 pieces,
 I
 like
 to
 leave
 some
 of
 the
 seam
  marks
 as
 I
 feel
 this
 gives
 character
 and
 is
 somewhat
 of
 a
 trademark.
 In
 some
  instances
 polishing
 is
 not
 done
 either.
 
 Even
 though
 the
 process
 is
 lengthy,
 it
 gives
  me
 opportunities
 to
 feel
 the
 influence
 of
 nature
 and
 have
 it
 show
 me
 changes
 to
 the
  sculpture
 prior
 to
 the
 bronze
 cast.
 Nature
 speaks
 to
 me
 and
 following
 it
 is
 essential
  for
 a
 work
 of
 value.
 
 
  I’m
 not
 sure
 of
 the
 extensive
 background
 of
 the
 art
 critic
 that
 commented
 on
  the
 Walking
 Man
 sculpture
 but
 let
 me
...

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