Art Forms

Watch Auguste Rodin Sculpting in 1915

Zuzanna Stańska 22 January 2017 min Read

Auguste Rodin was a master of modern sculpture. Instead of copying traditional academic postures, Rodin preferred his models to move naturally around his studio. The writer George Bernard Shaw sat for a portrait and gave an idea of Rodin's technique: "While he worked, he achieved a number of miracles. At the end of the first fifteen minutes, after having given a simple idea of the human form to the block of clay, he produced by the action of his thumb a bust so living that I would have taken it away with me to relieve the sculptor of any further work." You can see how Rodin worked in his studio in Paris in 1915 on this rare footage. What is particularly interesting in the various pieces of footage is seeing how the artist's process with marble looked like.