Sculpture of Joan of Arc by Rodin

“Head of Sorrow” (Joan of Arc)
Auguste Rodin
Photo: Joseph G. Brin © 2012

Curator Thompson says that in the 20th century Rodin’s influence was directly transmitted through sculptors like Maillol and Brancusi (who worked for Rodin). “When you get to the 21st century, I’m struck by how many younger people are taken by Rodin, moved by him. It’s so much about emotion. You don’t need to know the classics. Rodin’s work is a great source of human connection.”

Joseph G. Brin is an architect, fine artist and writer based in Philadelphia.

Photo of Auguste Rodin: Courtesy of Philadelphia Museum of Art