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The Age of Bronze

Rodin, Auguste (1840 -1917), 1877 (this cast 1907), Bronze 178 x 60 x 610

Born in Paris, Auguste Rodin’s nearsightedness made him unable to see what his teachers were writing on the blackboard, so, instead, he drew during lessons.  He made three applications to study at the École des Beaux Arts in Paris but all were rejected and Rodin worked as a decorative bricklayer for almost twenty years.  Then he visited Italy, from where he returned inspired to create sculpture.  The <em>Age of Bronze, </em>originally called  <em>The Vanq</em><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><em>uished</em>, was his first piece.  The nude man is clenching both his fists, with his right hand hanging over his head.  It depicts suffering but also hope for the future.  It was made in 1877 and first exhibited in 1878.  This cast dates from 1907.  The cast was bought with the aid of a contribution from the LACF in 1994.</span>