The theme of the erotic is ever present in the work of August Rodin, both in his sculptures and in his many drawings. Throughout his career, he depicted sexual desire in all its facets, in every mood from delicate innocence to frank intensity, bearing witness to an endless fascination with the flesh and a love of the female form. Taking a chronological path through Rodin's career, this is an intimate approach to the many faces of sex and sensuality in his body of work and in the society within which his art was forged, from mythological portrayals of passion to the context of contemporary erotic literature.
The topics featured include his relationships with women, his friendships with poets and artists, and the controversy that his sculptures caused in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, when French society was marked by a hypocritical disparity between public morals and private desires. In a 1916 interview, Rodin spoke out against his critics: "They protest against the immorality of my work, they criticize me for loving women.... But they are incapable of understanding what I do." This witty and insightful book, packed with beautiful images, will shed new light on this intriguing aspect of the artist's world and his skill at capturing the fleeting nature of pleasure in timeless art.
About the Author
Pascal Bonafoux, romancier et historien de l art, enseigne l histoire de l art a l Universite Paris 8 et est Secretaire general de la Cite internationale des Arts. Il a dirige le bureau des expositions de l AFAA, Ministere des Affaires etrangeres, en 1987 et 1988 et a ete le Commissaire d expositions consacrees aux uvres d artistes contemporains a Prague, a Dublin, a Bratislava, a Tel-Aviv, en Chine, en Coree, au Musee du Luxembourg (Paris) et au Musee des Offices (Florence) dont il a assure le commissariat. Dernieres publications: Moi Je par soi-meme (Diane de Selliers, 2004). Ce livre (Grand Prix du Jury de La Nuit du Livre, Salon du Livre 2004 - Prix Cercle Montherlant - Academie des Beaux Arts 2004, cat exposition, musee du Luxembourg), une biographie de Renoir (2009, Perrin), Monet et l eau ( Chene, 2010).