Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame


Rodin: Truth Form Life Selections from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Collections

rodin exhibit 

In the 1860s, when Rodin began making sculpture, art was deeply rooted in the past -- it told stories from religion, history, myth, and literature, and it told them as if the artist had been a witness to the events. Just thirty years later, by the peak of his career -- the 1890s -- Auguste Rodin had transformed sculpture into something that today we call modern, that spoke to the artist's and viewer's emotions and imaginations. The stories that were told were often internal and conceptual, and there was no right or wrong way to interpret them. And by the time Rodin died in 1917 he had -- through prodigious talent and a remarkable volume of work -- challenged the established styles of his youth and revolutionized sculpture. Today his pioneering work is a crucial link between traditional and modern art. Rodin: Truth Form Life is a retrospective using 22 pieces from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Collections.

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