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Rodin: A Biography | [Frederic V. Grunfeld]

Rodin: A Biography

Augustus Rodin was not only the greatest sculptor but also one of the most remarkable personalities of modern times. Frederic V. Grunfeld's exhaustive biography, the first in over fifty years, documents a lifetime of both artistic and personal struggle against poverty, against the conservative Salon, and against an art establishment that for years denied him recognition.
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Publisher's Summary

Augustus Rodin was not only the greatest sculptor but also one of the most remarkable personalities of modern times. Frederic V. Grunfeld's exhaustive biography, the first in over 50 years, documents a lifetime of both artistic and personal struggle against poverty, against the conservative Salon, and against an art establishment that for years denied him recognition.

Rodin's crucial love affair with his pupil, Camille Claudel, emerges here in all its tragic complexity, as do his relationships with the British painter Gwen John and the American-born duchess Claire de Choiseul. Grunfeld also sheds new light on Rodin's friendships with some of the most gifted writers and artists of the day, from Robert Louis Stevenson and George Bernard Shaw to Emile Zola and James McNeill Whistler.

©1987 Frederic V. Grunfeld; (P)1996 Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"A consistently absorbing story....A rewarding and illuminating book." (The New York Times)
"Religiously researched and gracefully written....Grunfeld will set a biographical standard for years to come." (The Boston Globe)

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    Kelly Livermore, CA, United States 01-24-14
    Kelly Livermore, CA, United States 01-24-14

    Part time artist - Like to listen to audiobooks when I am working and creating.

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    I really like Simon Vance but this book was just to much like a text book with footnotes in the middle of a sentence. Simon french is beautiful but there is so much french that I was having trouble following it. Didn't get far before I just gave up. If you like stories about artist and you like sculptors I suggest the Agony & Ecstasy (about michaelangelo). Its a great listen/

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    If you could sum up Rodin in three words, what would they be?

    poverty chauvinism lasciviousness


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Rodin?

    In their twenties, Rose would pose for Rodin for hours.
    They would return home to an apartment with neither food nor heat and sleep.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Vance has poor French pronunciation. When I was a student at the Sorbonne,
    I also studied at the Alliance Francaise to converse fluently. In addition I am a graduate of L'Universite de la Phonetique a Paris.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, it is quite long but full of many valuable facts about France, artists and the extremely complex and interesting politics among the artists.


    Any additional comments?

    I recomment the book but the French is very substandard. I have taught French for years.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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