"Rodin in the United States" by Antoinette Le Normand-Romain

Rodin in the United States Confronting the Modern Antoinette Le Normand-Romain, Christina Buley-Uribe, Patrick R. Crowley, C. D. Dickerson, Laure de Margerie, Veronique Mattiussi, Elyse Nelson, Jennifer A. Thompson, Nora M. Rosengarten

Publication date:
28 Jun 2022
Clark Art Institute
256 pages: 279 x 229mm
100 color + b-w
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A compelling examination of French sculptor Auguste Rodin from the perspective of his enthusiastic American audience

This exhibition catalogue explores the American reception of French artist Auguste Rodin (1840–1917), from 1893, when his first work entered a US museum, to the present. Its trajectory reaches from the collecting frenzy of the early twentieth century—promoted by philanthropist Katherine Seney Simpson and performer Loïe Fuller—to important museum acquisitions of the 1920s and 1930s. From there, it traverses the 1950s, when Rodin’s reputation flagged, through to the artist’s revival and recognition in the 1980s. Rodin’s promoters include a dynamic cast of characters, each of whom played a crucial role in cementing his status. The book traces this story through approximately 50 sculptures and 20 drawings that cover Rodin’s most iconic subjects and themes. They demonstrate his dexterity across media—his virtuosity in plaster, terracotta, bronze, and marble—as well as his expressive, colorful drawings, some of them relatively unknown, sparking new appreciation for his work and delight for readers.

Antoinette Le Normand-Romain, honorary general curator of heritage, directed the National Institute of Art History (INHA) in Paris from 2006 to 2016.

Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA
(June 18–September 18, 2022)

High Museum of Art, Atlanta
(October 21, 2022–January 15, 2023)