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Rodin: The Shock of the Modern Body. Ongoing Exhibition. This exhibition is organized by the Cantor Arts Center.
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Perhaps for that reason, Rodin detested "academic" art, favoring a more direct approach to the depiction of nature. Initially he earned a living designing and carving decorative stonework, most notably under the sculptor Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse. In , Rodin moved to Brussels with Carrier-Belleuse in order to design public monuments.
After visiting Italy in and finding inspiration in the sculptures he saw there, he gradually developed his own style. By , Rodin had returned to Paris. The French government awarded him a commission to design a grand entrance for a planned museum of decorative arts.
That project, known as the Gates of Hell , became Rodin's masterpiece. The museum was never built, however, and the monumental work remained unfinished at his death.
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Rodin's best-known sculptures were made in the s, often stirring controversy for their bold depictions of nudity and sexual overtones. Rodin's portraits of French heroes Victor Hugo and Balzac were also considered avant-garde.
Yet his style gradually became more widely accepted. An exhibition of his art, which he organized in Paris during the Universal Exposition of , contributed to the establishment of his international reputation. After securing a sizeable estate in Meudon from the government now a museum dedicated to the artist Rodin died in