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Rodin in the United States: Confronting the Modern

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Clark Art Institute / Williamstown / Art

Born in 1840 and today recognized as the founder of modern sculpture, Auguste Rodin wasn’t immediately embraced in America. He never visited the country, critics didn’t understand his turbulent work, and the public was put off by his nudes. It wasn’t until the early 1900s, when the sculptor was in his 60s, that collectors and museums started dipping into their pockets and making acquisitions. In 1912, the Metropolitan Museum of Art opened its first Rodin gallery, where it displayed 60 bronzes, marbles, and terracottas. Rodin died in 1917 and by midcentury he was in eclipse in the U.S. Blockbuster exhibitions in the 1980s brought him back to center stage, where he’s been ever since. This exhibition explores Rodin’s legacy in America from 1893 to the present. Fifty sculptures and 25 drawings are on view. —E.C.

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