Auguste Rodin

Auguste Rodin (oh-GOOST roh-DAN), born in Paris in 1840, began drawing as a child, and attended a school which trained students in the decorative arts.  For years he worked for other sculptors, creating architectural ornaments for a living.  In the late 1870s  his sculpture was first shown in the annual Paris Salon exhibition, and soon after, in 1880, he received the first of many government commissions, which would include the Burgers of Calais in 1885 and the monument to Honoré de Balzac in 1891.  Although few came to fruition, Rodin eventually  became one of the most celebrated and beloved artists in France.  

Photogravure of Rodin by Edward Steichen, ca. 1911, in the collection of the Brooklyn Museum, 2003.76.2