“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.

Rodin Highlights

Auguste Rodin

The Three Shades

(Modeled circa 1886, enlarged circa 1901, Musée Rodin cast 1981)

Auguste Rodin

The Thinker

(Modeled 1880, reduced in 1903, this example cast at a later date)

Auguste Rodin

Fallen Caryatid with a Stone

(Modeled 1881—1882, enlarged 1911—1917, Musée Rodin cast 1988)

Auguste Rodin

The Kiss

(Modeled circa 1881—1882, cast at a later date)

Auguste Rodin

Nude Study of Balzac with Folded Arms (“C”)

(Modeled 1892, Musée Rodin cast 1972)

Auguste Rodin

The Cathedral

(Modeled 1908, Musée Rodin cast 1955)

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