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MONET & RODIN TOGETHER AGAIN
IN THE 21ST CENTURY
In the late nineteenth century, Claude Monet (1840-1926) and Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) were rising stars in the Parisian artistic firmament. Only days apart in age, they had become friends and colleagues, both leading innovators in their art forms. On June 21, 1889, they combined their creative visions in a unique exhibition of some 145 canvases by Monet with 36 Rodin sculptures in the Georges Petit Gallery, opening on June 21, 1889. No photographs appear to exist of that unique show, but I thought I would try to organize my own mini-display, imagining which canvas and sculpture I would pair together in my personal museum without walls.
For example, combining Monet’s dream-like Young Girls in a Row Boat,
with the earthy passion of The Kiss.
Or comparing the pace of Monet’s stroller in The Sheltered Path,
to the muscular stride of Rodin’s The Walking Man.
While Monet’s expressive sketch of Rouen Cathedral,
and Rodin’s poignant depiction of medieval hero Jean D’Aire in the Burghers of Calais, reflect the artists’ spiritual affinity with the Middle Ages.
And they would both be haunted by Camille. For Monet, his wife Camille Doncieux, arising like a summer goddess below, who was his muse until her early death at 32.
Rodin’s inspiration was sculptor Camille Claudel, perhaps the sensuous model for La Toilette de Venus and his most erotic tributes to womanhood.
The above image is used solely for educational purposes.
The main source for this blog is the website of the Musee Rodin.