François Auguste René Rodin (1840 – 1917) was a French sculptor, generally considered the founder of modern sculpture.The Old Courtesan (La Belle qui fut heaulmière)
The Three Shades
He wanted to attend the prestigious École des Beaux-Arts in his teens, but was denied three times. He worked for decades as a craftsman, but completely abandoned his pursuit to be an artist after the death of his sister in 1862.The Kiss
Young Girl with Roses on Her Hat
Rodin stripped away many of the narrative references to classical myth that were still attached to academic sculpture in the late-19th century and placed a new stress on the dignity of simple human moments.Burghers of Calais
Madame X (Countess Anna-Elizabeth de Noailles)
He dedicated most of the last 40 years of his life to working on an expanse of sculptures that formed what Rodin titled The Gates of Hell.
The pieces associated with this work are considered to be Rodin’s greatest accomplishments.
More of Auguste Rodin’s sculptures can be found at https://www.musee-rodin.fr. , https://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/rodn/hd_rodn.htm and https://www.artst.org/rodin-sculptures/.