The Prodigal Son (c. 1884) by Auguste Rodin

The Prodigal Son - Auguste Rodin - 1889

Artwork Information

TitleThe Prodigal Son
ArtistAuguste Rodin
Dimensions(139.7 x 71.1 x 108 cm)
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationMusee Rodin, Paris
Location Created France

About The Prodigal Son

“The Prodigal Son” is a notable sculpture by Auguste Rodin, crafted in bronze in the year 1889, an era where the Impressionism movement was making a profound impact on various art forms. The artwork, which belongs to the sculpture genre, stands at dimensions of 139.7 x 71.1 x 108 cm. It presently resides in the Musee Rodin, located in Paris, France, which is also the country where this magnificent piece was created.

The artwork depicts a nude male figure in a dynamic and expressive pose that conveys a strong emotional narrative. Poised on a rough-hewn base, the figure reaches upwards with one arm, an embodiment of yearning or supplication. Transcending the literal interpretation of the biblical parable, Rodin uses the figure’s tension and movement to explore broader themes of human experience such as remorse, forgiveness, and the longing for redemption. The rough texture of the bronze surface enhances the play of light and shadow across the form, a testament to Rodin’s innovative approach to sculpture, which resonates with the experiential ideals of Impressionism.

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