Sculptor / Artist: Francois du Quesnoy

Flemish sculptor, 1594-1642. Son of Jerome du Quesnoy. Francois worked chiefly in Italy for popes and cardinals. He made the colossal statue of St. Andrew, which ornaments one of the piers supporting the dome of St. Peter’s, Rome. It is powerfully and broadly sculptured. He also made the tomb of the Bishop de Triest (Ghent, […]

Artist – Rodin

Rodin, the French sculptor, deserves well of our new century; the old one did so incontinently batter him. The anguish of his own Hell’s Portal he endured before he moulded its clay between his thick clairvoyant fingers. Misunderstood, there-fore misrepresented, he with his pride and obstinacy aroused the one buttressing the other – was not […]

Rodin – Mystery In Art

ONE morning, when I arrived at Rodin’s house at Meudon I found the master in his dressing-gown, his hair in disorder, his feet in slippers, sitting before a good wood fire, for it was November. ” It is the time of the year,” he said, ” when I allow myself to be ill. All the […]

Rodin – Thought In Art

ONE morning, finding myself with Rodin in his atelier, I stopped before the cast of one of his most impressive works. It is a young woman whose writhing body seems a prey to some mysterious torment. Her head is bent low, her lips and her eyes are closed, and you would think she slept, did […]

Rodin – The Artist All In Nature Is Beautiful

IN Rodin’s great atelier at Meudon stands a cast of that statuette, so magnificently ugly, which the great sculptor wrought upon the text of Villon’s poem, La Belle Heaulmiere. The courtesan, once radiant with youth and grace, is now repulsive with age and decrepitude. Once proud of her beauty, she is now filled with shame […]

Rodin – Modelling

ONE late afternoon, when I was with Rodin in his atelier, darkness set in while we talked. ” Have you ever looked at an antique statue by lamplight? ” my host suddenly demanded. ” No, never,” I answered, with some surprise. ” I astonish you. You seem to consider the idea of studying sculpture excepting […]

Rodin – Movement In Art

THERE are two statues by Rodin at the Musee du Luxembourg which especially attract and hold me ; l’Age d’Airain (the Iron Age) and Saint-Jean-Baptiste. They seem even more full of life than the others, if that is possible. The other works of the Master which bear them company are certainly all quivering with truth; […]

Rodin – Drawing And Color

RODIN has always drawn a great deal. He has sometimes used the pen, sometimes the pencil. Formerly he drew the outline with a pen, and then added the shading with a brush. These wash-drawings so executed looked as if made from bas-reliefs or from sculptured groups. They were purely the visions of a sculptor. Later […]

Rodin – The Beauty Of Women

THAT fine old house known as ” l’Hotel de Biron,” which stands in a quiet street on the left bank of the Seine in Paris, and which was but lately the Convent of the Sacred Heart, has, since the suppression of the sisterhoods, been occupied by several tenants, among whom is Rodin. The Master, as […]

Rodin – Of Yesterday And Of Today

A FEW days ago I accompanied Auguste Rodin, who was on his way to the Louvre, to see once again the busts by Houdon. We were no sooner in front of the bust of Voltaire than the Master cried : ” What a marvel it is! It is the personification of malice. See! his sidelong […]