A man in sober meditation and often interpreted as philosophy: a very common form that has been seen time and again in many public places.

Commonly, called as “The Thinker”, the statue is considered to be one of the masterpieces of French sculptor, Auguste Rodin. Rodin is considered to be the progenitor of modern sculptor.

Google on Monday celebrated the 172nd birthday of the sculptor (Auguste Rodin), with a doodle having a representation of Rodin’s “The Thinker”. The doodle is in blue and black. “The Thinker” is a marble and bronze sculpture and is now in the Musee Rodin in Paris.

Francois-Auguste-Rene Rodin, better known as Auguste Rodin, was born into a working-class family in Paris. He was inclined towards art from an early age and pursued drawing and painting at the Petite Ecole, a school specializing in art and mathematics.

His first sculpture, called “The Man with the Broken Nose”, was displayed in 1863. It was a bronze artwork and emphasized on the emotional state and texture of the subject. However, it was not very popular.

Among his various works the best known ones include “The Thinker” and “The Kiss”.

Rodin’s famous works include “The Age of Bronze” (L'age d'airain) 1877, “The Walking Man” (L'homme qui marche) 1877-78 and “The Burghers of Calais” (Les Bourgeois de Calais) 1889.

Incidentally, his works were not very popular during his lifetime; but gained appreciation after his death.

abhishek.l@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published on November 12, 2012)
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