“The artist, in representing the universe as he imagines it, formulates his own dreams. In nature he celebrates his own soul. And in doing so, he enriches the soul of humanity.”—Auguste Rodin
In 2009 the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation donated 30 sculptures to the North Carolina Museum of Art, making it the repository for the most extensive Rodin collection between Philadelphia and the West Coast. Featuring works from all phases of the master's career, and beautifully installed in the Museum's Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Court and Garden, the collection offers visitors the opportunity to experience the depth and breadth of Rodin's formidable genius.
It is easy to lose sight of how innovative and revolutionary Rodin's work was in its own time. His conception of sculpture and the creative process were radically different from those of any sculptor before him. Rodin was not just the first modern sculptor—he transformed the art of sculpture.