36 Quotes by Auguste Rodin

Auguste Rodin is one of the most famous sculptors in history, known for his expressive and emotive works. He is best known for his bronze statue "The Thinker," which has become an icon of Western art. Rodin's sculptures often depicted the human form in a state of intense emotion, conveying both physical and psychological struggle. He was a pioneer of modern sculpture, breaking away from the traditional rules of classical art and paving the way for future generations of artists. Rodin's influence can still be seen in contemporary art, and his legacy as a sculptor remains as strong as ever. (Bio)

Auguste Rodin Quotes

The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live. Be a man before being an artist! (Meaning)

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Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.

Art is contemplation. It is the pleasure of the mind which searches into nature and which there divines the spirit of which nature herself is animated.

The artist must create a spark before he can make a fire and before art is born, the artist must be ready to be consumed by the fire of his own creation.

The more simple we are, the more complete we become.

The artist is the confidant of nature, flowers carry on dialogues with him through the graceful bending of their stems and the harmoniously tinted nuances of their blossoms, Every flower has a cordial word which nature directs towards him.

The work of art is already within the block of marble. I just chop off whatever isn't needed.

Patience is also a form of action.

Love your calling with passion, it is the meaning of your life.

Where shall we begin? There is no beginning. Start where you arrive. Stop before what entices you. And work! You will enter little by little into the entirety. Method will be born in proportion to your interest.

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The human body is first and foremost a mirror to the soul and its greatest beauty comes from that.

Art is the pleasure of a spirit that enters nature and discovers that it too has a soul.

There are unknown forces in nature; when we give ourselves wholly to her, without reserve, she lends them to us; she shows us these forms, which our watching eyes do not see, which our intelligence does not understand or suspect.

I invent nothing, I rediscover. (Meaning)

If the artist only reproduces superficial features as photography does, if he copies the lineaments of a face exactly, without reference to character, he deserves no admiration. The resemblance which he ought to obtain is that of the soul.

An artist worthy of the name should express all the truth of nature, not only the exterior truth, but also, and above all, the inner truth.

The only principle in art is to copy what you see. Dealers in aesthetics to the contrary, every other method is fatal.

You must always work.

I know very well that one must fight, for one is often in contradiction to the spirit of the age.

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I choose a block of marble and chop off whatever I don't need.

I am like a moon that shines on an immense, unknown sea where ships never pass

Sculpture is the art of the hole and the lump.

I would have to talk for a year to repeat a single on of my works with words.

True artists are almost the only men who do their work for pleasure.

What is commonly called ugliness in nature can in art become full of beauty.

He who is discouraged after a failure is not a real artist.

There should be no argument in regard to morality in art. There is no morality in nature.

The realities of nature surpass our most ambitious dreams.

The nude alone is well dressed

In front of the model I work with the same will to reproduce truth as if I were making a portrait. I do not correct nature, I incorporate myself into it; it directs me. I can only work with a model. The sight of human forms nourishes and comforts me.

In art, immorality cannot exist. Art is always sacred.

Man enjoys living on the edge of his dreams and neglects the real things of the world which are so beautiful. The ignorant and indifferent destroy beautiful things merely by looking at the marble. Things that remake the soul of him who understands them.

Mystery is like a kind of atmosphere which bathes the greatest works of the masters.

Mere exactitude, of which photography and moulage [life casting] are the lowest forms, does not inspire feelings.

The delicate droop of the petals standing out in relief, is like the eyelid of a child.

One must work, nothing but work, and one must have patience.

― Auguste Rodin Quotes

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