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Auguste Rodin

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Sculptor Auguste Rodin once wrote that "one has only to look at a human face to find a soul, no feature deceives; hypocrisy is as transparent as sincerity. The inclining of the brow, the least furrowing of a look may reveal the -secrets of the heart." Rodin was fortunate to have as his -secretary Rainer Maria Rilke, one of the most sensitive poets of our time. These essays ...more
Hardcover, 88 pages
Published March 1st 2004 by Archipelago Books (first published 1903)
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Farhan Khalid
Nov 15, 2013 Farhan Khalid rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: art
Writers work with words, sculptors with actions — POMPONIUS GAURICUS

Rodin was solitary before he was famous

And fame, when it arrived, made him perhaps even more solitary

For in the end, fame is no more than the sum of all the misunderstandings

that gather around a new name

They surround the name, but not the work

We remember how small human hands are

How quickly they tire and how little time is given to them to create

We long to see these hands, which have lived the lives of hundreds of hands

We wonde
Jul 26, 2009 Gayle rated it it was amazing
I was assigned this book from a class i was taking at Stanford....the class was canceled, but I still read the book. A great poet(Rilke) writing a book about a great artist!! I thought this was a great combination. Rilke actually lived and worked with Rodin, and wrote a sensitive accounting of genius, or what being an artist means...I loved this book...
Oct 10, 2008 Desertdragon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: art, poetry lovers
Recommended to Desertdragon by: Jing
I can't imagine a better companion than Rilke for an exploration of the beauty and meaning imbued in Rodin's work.
Jun 07, 2014 Ann rated it liked it
This was a LibriVox audiobook!
Free download available at Project Gutenberg.
Sep 04, 2014 Mejix rated it liked it
The prose is a bit difficult to get into, but there are some really great and perceptive passages here and there.
Jacqueline Cleveland
Dec 20, 2014 Jacqueline Cleveland rated it it was amazing
I read this cover to cover probably three or four times before I could convince myself to move on to a new subject. The musings of Rodin's poetic companion were an inspiration to this new student of Rodin's complete and thorough mastery of his unrelenting purpose to capture the intent of the existence of each of his subjects. Will return to this again and again when I need a dose of something plainly pretty.
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Rainer Maria Rilke is considered one of the German language's greatest 20th century poets.

His haunting images tend to focus on the difficulty of communion with the ineffable in an age of disbelief, solitude, and profound anxiety — themes that tend to position him as a transitional figure between the traditional and the modernist poets.

He wrote in both verse and a highly lyrical prose. His two mos
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