Today November 12, 2012 Google celebrated what would have been the 172 Birthday of Auguste Rodin. If you are wondering who “Auguste Rodin” was you are not alone. Millions of people who visited Google today struggled with the same question and would have had to visit one of the pages about Auguste Rodin to learn more about him.
“Image of the 12 November 2012 Google Doodle of Auguste Rodin”
You might however immediately recognize his statue in the Google Doodle if you are into Arts or History and even in Psychology or Philosophy since his statue, the one in the Google doodle the “Thinker” has been used many times to portray philosophy or psychology.
The statue have also been cast several times and is among the most recognized works in all of sculpture. Rodin was a naturalist, less concerned with monumental expression than with character and emotion.Departing with centuries of tradition, he turned away from the idealism of the Greeks, and the decorative beauty of the Baroque and neo-Baroque movements. His sculpture emphasized the individual and the concreteness of flesh, and suggested emotion through detailed, textured surfaces, and the interplay of light and shadow. To a greater degree than his contemporaries, Auguste Rodin believed that an individual’s character was revealed by his physical features.
The Thinker by Auguste Rodin
Rodin’s talent for surface modeling allowed him to let every part of the body speak for the whole. The male’s passion in The Kiss is suggested by the grip of his toes on the rock, the rigidness of his back, and the differentiation of his hands.Speaking of The Thinker, Rodin illuminated his aesthetic: “What makes my Thinker think is that he thinks not only with his brain, with his knitted brow, his distended nostrils and compressed lips, but with every muscle of his arms, back, and legs, with his clenched fist and gripping toes.”
The work and sculptures by Auguste Rodin brought realism and nudity to the sculptures he created and although Auguste 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.
However today he is honored not only by France for his legacy and contributions to art and sculptures but also internationally for his great work!
Today Millions of people searching with Google will be reminded of
and his legacy.