Rodin's Art

Rodin's Art : The Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Collection at Stanford University

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The late Albert Elsen was the person most responsible for a revival of interest in the artist as a modern innovator - after years during which sculpture had been dismissed as so much Victorian bathos. After a fortuitous meeting with the financier, philanthropist, and art collector B. Gerald Cantor, Elsen helped Cantor to build up a major collection of Rodin's work. A large part of this collection, consisting of more than 200 works, was donated to Stanford University's museum. In size Stanford's collection is surpassed only by the Musee Rodin in Paris and rivalled only by the collection in Philadelphia. In scope the collection is unique in having been carefully selected to present a balanced view of Rodin's work throughout his life. "Rodin's Art" encompasses a lifetime's thoughts on Rodin's career, surveying the artist's accomplishments through the detailed discussion of each object in the collection. It will begin with essays on the formation of the collection, the reception of Rodin's work, and his casting techniques. The entries are arranged topically and include extensive discussions of Rodin's major projects.show more

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  • Hardback | 544 pages
  • 251.5 x 284.5 x 47mm | 3,311.26g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195133803
  • 9780195133806

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"Outstanding.... A detailed survey of the artist's oeuvre, boasting accessible scholarship and connoisseurship of a high order. This is the most substantial of the many recent volumes on Rodin's art and a superb complement to Frederick Grunfeld's 1987 biography."--Library Journal (starred review)"The last large collection of Rodin's work created in the United States, that at Stanford University, attests to the passionate admiration for the artist that Albert Elsen shared with B. Gerald Cantor. The passion represented by the collection will from now on be inseparable from the scholarship disseminated in this catalogue which represents the culmination of a lifetime of research."--Antoinette LeNormand-Romain, chief curator of the Musee Rodin, Parisshow more

About Albert E. Elsen

The late Albert Elsen (1927-1995) was the Walter A. Haas Professor of Art History at Stanford University and an activist on behalf of art and artists. He was the recipient of numerous awards and honors, among them Fulbright, Guggenheim, and National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships; he also served as President of The College Art Association of America. His books include The Purposes of Art, The Sculpture of Henri Matisse, In Rodin's Studio, "The Gates of Hell" by Auguste Rodin, and Rodin and His Contemporaries. Following Professor Elsen's untimely death, his manuscript was brought to completion by Dr. Rosalyn Frankel Jamison, an independent scholar. Bernard Barryte is Chief Curator at the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University.show more

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