1840, Paris – 1917, Meudon
The French sculptor, printmaker and painter was also a trained stonemason and caster. After studying in Paris, Rodin worked as an ornamental mason in the studio of Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse in the late 1860s and later for van Rasbourgh in Brussels. In the late 1870s, the art of Michelangelo and Baroque sculpture made a strong impression upon him, and he began incorporating impressionistic effects into his own sculptural works. Similar to the late works of Michelangelo, Rodin created figures that were only partially elaborated and unfinished torsi. In this way he succeeded in releasing sculpture from the artistic influences of the 19th century. His works are manifestations of highly expressive, psychological impulses.