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An important and authoritative monograph on Rodin, which combines a piercing reappraisal of the artist’s achievement with a revealing account of his personality and turbulent private life

Overview

Auguste Rodin, the greatest sculptor of the 19th century, is also widely considered to be the greatest since Michelangelo, whose genius was a lifelong inspiration to him. Though the astonishingly life-like quality of his sculpture was in defiance of academic conventions, Rodin did not have to face the prolonged and bitter hostility meted out to the Impressionist painters who were his contemporaries, and in later life he became a famous and widely respected figure.

Bernard Champigneulle analyses Rodin’s significance as an innovator in sculpture. For Rodin created an entirely new form — the detail considered as a finished work — and in doing so exercised a lasting influence on his successors.

This important and authoritative monograph combines a searching reappraisal of Rodin’s achievement with a revealing account of his personality and of his troubled private life.

The late Bernard Champigneulle was vice president of the Association de Critiques d’Art and a member of the Comité de la Presse Artistique.

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'M. Champigneulle wins out… by the quality of heartfelt and lifelong experience which he brings to the narrative'
Sunday Times

'Beautifully written, well translated and coherent narrative'
The Artist

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Specifications

Format: Paperback

Size: 20.9 x 14.9 cm

Extent: 288 pp

Illustrations: 132

Publication date: 21 July 1980

ISBN: 9780500200612

About the Author

Bernard Champigneulle was vice president of the Association de Critiques d’Art and a member of the Comité de la Presse Artistique.

John Maxwell Brownjohn is a British literary translator.He has translated more than 160 books, and won the Schlegel-Tieck Prize for German translation three times and the Helen and Kurt Wolff Prize once.

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J. Maxwell Brownjohn