This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1918 edition. Excerpt: ...career. This young painter, who was destined later to become one of the finest representatives of modern French painting, ...Read MoreThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1918 edition. Excerpt: ...career. This young painter, who was destined later to become one of the finest representatives of modern French painting, had just exhibited an admirable nude in which the connoisseurs had seen the finest traditions of Titian. But the papers and the officials had sought to crush the young talent beneath the weight of injurious criticism. Caro-Delvaille was standing at the foot of his picture, as is the custom on the jour de vervissage. He was sad and discouraged. Rodin passed. He looked at the work for a long time; he looked at the artist, in whom he sensed a certain discouragement, and going toward him said suddenly: "Did you do that, Sir? It is admirable... understand... admirable. I am Rodin. Come and see me next Sunday at Meudon." He said this almost brutally as though to put force and courage in this young artist whom he felt to be filled with doubts. THERE is a touching and melancholy story connected with the life of Rodin. It is that of The Old Rose. During the years of his youth, Rose was the great man's model. Her fresh, rustic body inspired the finest pieces of the sculptor. She became his friend, but little by little she was relegated to the rank of a servant, attenTO tive and deferential, while the master enjoyed sentimental successes elsewhere. She cared for the great man with the infinite tenderness of mother and wife, and two months before his death Rodin married her. To those who knew this minage, it was a genuine re-edition of the patriarchs Abraham and Agar. I have said that the pride of Rodin was at once immense and touching. Here is a rather amusing example of it as related by one of my friends: One day a rich Englishman, who adored Rodin, brought him an antique. In exchange the artist gave his admirer one of...Read Less
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