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Rodin and Other Prose Pieces

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  308 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Sculptor Auguste Rodin was fortunate to have as his secretary Rainer Maria Rilke, one of the most sensitive poets of our time. These two pieces discussing Rodin's work and development as an artist are as revealing of Rilke as they are of his subject. Written in 1902 and 1907, these essays mark the entry of the poet into the world of letters. Rilke's description of Rodin re ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published March 1st 1987 by Salem House Publishers (first published 1903)
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Farhan Khalid
Nov 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: art, european, memoir
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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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...
Aug 14, 2008 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 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a LibriVox audiobook!
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Taught me a new way to see.
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The introduction by William Gass is informative without giving too much of the book away, judgmental without condescendence. A nice primer for anyone that may not know much about Rodin, which beside from visiting his museum in Paris I am guilty of.

He does well to point out that the Rilke who first visited and wrote of Rodin in 1902 was very different and less mature than the Rilke who returned to Rodin in 1907. The first part of Rilke's writings is mostly praise. The praise is eloquent and supp
Jacqueline Cleveland
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.
Joseph Donigian
Feb 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Robin sculptures measured in centimeters smaller than wished.

I have seen at the Baltimore Museum of Art in Baltimore amongst the Matisse paintings of the Cone sisters I saw a six foot figure of "The Thinker". Over life size.
Oct 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Will need to return and hopefully soon. Torn between reading so many other books.
Aug 23, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The prose is a bit difficult to get into, but there are some really great and perceptive passages here and there.
Sophfronia Scott
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rilke's commentary on Rodin's art and reflections on the artist at work. During the early 1900s Rilke, the poet and author of the well-known "Letters to a Young Poet," lived and worked in Paris as Rodin's secretary, often inhabiting his workshops and watching some of the sculptor's best known works come into being. In this book Rilke speaks more like an art historian but he still makes interesting, even poetic, observations about Rodin the man: "Some day men will understand what it was that made ...more
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Admittedly, I bought this book because I like the emo band "Rainer Maria" and wanted to see what was up and am probably not the market for a book like this! It really felt like reading a 33/3... Rainer Maria clearly loved and admired Rodin and it's always endearing and charming to hear someone go off about something they love. There is one part where Rainer describes this sculpture of a person in movement where it's like you can't lock eyes or catch their gaze because the sense of movement is so ...more
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
that Rodin was vocal in debunking photography as an art form followed by his selfish usage of the same both to promote his work and to assist his work process is both glaring irony and evidence here since there's no better way to credit this book than starting from Michael Eastman's illuminating photos followed by Rilke's honest words and finally by Rodin's earnest work itself
Caed Scott
reads like someone doing a cruel impression of romanticism
Lori Tian Sailiata
Come on! Rilke's words describing Rodin's genius. How can this not be brilliant?
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So detailed it must be reread.
J.J. Brown
Sep 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This biography of Rodin written by the poet Rilke gave me a completely new view of Rodin's approach to his sculptures and subjects. A surprising look at the artist's way, I loved this short inspirational piece.
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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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