Saint John the Baptist

Auguste Rodin

Auguste Rodin - Saint John the Baptist
For his John the Baptist Rodin chose an anti-classicist composition with an unusual spiral movement of the body. This enabled him to emphasize the tension between firmly anchored feet and the body and hond turned against the dominant gesture of the left hand. As many other works by Rodin, this too was rejected by contemporaneous critics. Although firmly convinced of his ability to breathe new life into sculpture with his new ideas, Rodin had to wait another twenty years for his well-deserved appreciation. Some contemporaries saw in John the Baptist some autobiographical elements-the misunderstood forerunner, whose message was to materialize sometime in the future, was not only Rodin’s personal motif- it stood for the ethos of the entire avant-garde.
measurements: height 199 cm
width 58 cm
depth 123 cm
material: bronze
inventory number: P 1055
gallery collection: Collection of 19th Century Art and Classical Modernism

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