Rodin and the modèle italien

Susan Waller
  • Sculpture Journal, January 2018, Liverpool University Press
  • DOI: 10.3828/sj.2018.27.1.7

Rodin and artists' models from the Parisian community of immigrant Italians

What is it about?

In the nineteenth century, many Italian immigrants to Paris worked as artists' models, and Auguste Rodin was among those who regularly relied on them. This paper examines the particular skills that these models brought to the model stand and how these impacted his work.

Why is it important?

I demonstrate that models were active collaborators in the process of artistic production, rather than simply the passive objects of artists' scrutiny,

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