Psychological Portraits of Rodin Sculptures Analytical Essay by scribbler

Psychological Portraits of Rodin Sculptures
Looks at some of Auguste Rodin's most important works and any eventual psychological issues he may have had.
# 152859 | 3,645 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2013 | US
Published on Apr 30, 2013 in Art (Artists) , Art (Sculpture) , Psychology (General)

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This paper describes and analyzes the psychological portrait of several of Auguste Rodin's major sculptures: "The Thinker", "Crouching Woman", "The Kiss", "John, the Baptist", "The Hand of God", "The Gates of Hell" and "Balzac". From the psychological portrait of each sculpture, the author surmises, that Rodin was a balanced person in whom reason and emotion were in equilibrium. The paper suggests that, confronted with the demons of his century, the artist demonstrates that salvation and happiness are in man's power and that creation plays a fundamental role in the process. Several quotations are included.

From the Paper:

"Another sculpture that finds its strength in the power of the human body language is "Crouching Woman". The woman has a pose which resembles the one of a caryatid and it is safe to say that it is extremely expressive. Not only the body is extremely communicative, but also the expression of the face, marked by extreme sensuality. The woman is supposed to represent one of the souls facing the final judgment. There is nothing religious or ethic about it, the only message conveyed being the humanity which is called to meet its destiny.
"The statue is fascinating and one can only be dazed with the capacity of the artist to master the materials which he uses in order to create. From the already analyzed examples it is obvious that Rodin is interested, if not fascinated with the human body and its expressive potential. The texture of the sculpture is very soft, yet the woman has wrinkles here and there. Her unusual position is poetic and inspiring. With one hand she touches one of her ankles while with the other she touches her right nipple. Her eyes are closed and her mouth is slightly open."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Auguste Rodin"., Retrieved October 8, 2010 from
  • "Auguste Rodin Biography". Cantor foundation online, Retrieved October 9, 2010 from
  • "Rodin. Crouching woman"., Retrieved October 8, 2010 from
  • "Rodin Monument to Balzac", Modern Museum of Art, Retrieved October 9, 2010 from|G:HO:E:1&page_number=12&template_id=1&sort_order=1
  • "Rodin. The hand of God". Metmuseum. Org, Retrieved October 8, 2010 from

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