DEAD: Auguste Rodin

DEAD: ON THIS DATE

Auguste Rodin (aged 77)
French sculptor (The Thinker)

François Auguste René Rodin (12 November 1840 – 17 November 1917), known as Auguste Rodin was a French sculptor. Although Rodin is generally considered the progenitor of modern sculpture, he did not set out to rebel against the past. He was schooled traditionally, took a craftsman-like approach to his work, and desired academic recognition,although he was never accepted into Paris’s foremost school of art.

DEATH: Fifty-three years into their relationship, Rodin married Rose Beuret. The wedding was 29 January 1917, and Beuret died two weeks later, on 16 February. Rodin was ill that year; in January, he suffered weakness from influenza, and on 16 November his physician announced that “congestion of the lungs has caused great weakness. The patient’s condition is grave.”Rodin died the next day, age 77, at his villa in Meudon, Île-de-France, on the outskirts of Paris.

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