Invocation (c. 1900) by Auguste Rodin

Invocation - Auguste Rodin - c. 1900

Artwork Information

ArtistAuguste Rodin
Datec. 1900
Dimensions22 x 10 1/4 x 9 1/2 in (55.9 x 26 x 24.1 cm)

About Invocation

Auguste Rodin was a well-known and controversial French sculptor of the 19th century. He was born in Paris, and by the age of 13, he showed an inclination towards drawing. After a trip to Italy, where he saw the works of Michelangelo, Rodin broke off from academic art forms to explore new styles.

One remarkable work by Rodin is the sculpture called “Invocation,” also known as “The Inner Voice.” Created around 1900 using bronze material, it depicts a female figure with her eyes shut and her arms raised above her head as if she’s trying to listen intently to an inner voice or message. The flowing drapery around her body adds liveliness to the piece.

This artwork portrays some of Rodin’s signature styles – the realistic depiction of human emotions and his use of dynamic elements such as lighting and texture with different angles highlighting different aspects of this sculpture. With its intricate details that express inner spiritualism combined with its impressive size, this piece can captivate its audience even after so many years.

Overall, “Invocation” is one piece among many sculptures made by Auguste Rodin that defied conventional norms while pushing for emotional expression through sculpting. It reflects both his mastery in creating lifelike figures as well as his willingness to embrace new techniques and styles that shifted him toward being regarded today as one of history’s great artists.

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