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'The falling man' by Rodin

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The falling man by rodin In Study for Falling Man Rodin used a fluid, supple motion to arch the figure's back, throwing the body into a dramatic curve. His understanding of anatomy echoes that of Michelangelo, whose works enthralled Rodin, as he wrote: "My liberation from academism was effected by Michelangelo." The kiss by rodin Rodin's The Kiss is a representation of the story of Paolo, the brother of Gianciotto, and Francesca, Gianciotto's wife, in Dante's book The Divine Comedy: Inferno. They fell in love while reading romances of courtly love and after exchanging their first kiss, Gianciotto caught them by surprise and stabbed them. ...read more.


Although it was originally intended to be part of the Gates of Hell, Rodin did not feel that it fit and removed the figures to make them an individual statue. The form of the lovers emerges from the highlights and shadows of the statue. Light and shade were used by Rodin to create an impression of actuality. The convulsive contraction of the toes on the man's right foot and the tenseness of his hand in contrast to the woman's thigh. Such details reveal much of the passion that inflames the lovers, but they reveal it with taste and refinement. ...read more.


Rodin also wanted nature to be the influence behind his work, but was more interested in the simplicity and beauty of the natural form of the human body His subject as in all his work is the human form. His style tends to vary between either a deliberate roughness of form to a very polished and delicate approach of modelling the body. When I saw the kiss at the Tate, it captured me, and i was looking in awe, at how much detail was evident in the sculpture aswell as the passion involved. Wrote the poet Rainer Maria Rilke of this masterpiece: "One has the impression of seeing the delight of this kiss all over these bodies; it is like a sun which rises and its light is everywhere." ...read more.

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