Auguste Rodin
some artists, Rodin was not an overnight success. Even though he was rejected
numerous times from art schools because of his art style, he prevailed in the
end. Rodin, like many artists, got their inspiration from other great and famous
artists. In Rodin\'s case, his inspiration came from Michelangelo. In Rodin\'s
more famous works, one can see the similarities between the two artists\'
artwork. Rodin\'s parents were not wealthy, therefore, he was not able to attend
an art school of his choice. His father, however, did send him to Petite École,
"a training ground for commercial draftsman and practiciens--cutters and
finishers of work in stone" (Hale 38). At the age of seventeen, Rodin won
his first prize for a clay model and he came in second place for one of his
drawings. His teachers at Petite École encouraged him to "try for the

Grande École des Beaux-Arts" (Hale 39). He applied, but was not accepted.

Not giving up hope, Rodin applied two more times, but was rejected. Determined
to make a living, he worked for a large commercial designer. It was there, that
he created numerous objects with his hands; anything from masks of gods to
cupids. This is where he began to see that he had a future in what he loved the
most, art. Even though Rodin was an artist, his career did not take off so soon.

When he was 22, his sister Maria died. He anguished so much over her death that
he decided to leave his art. He quit everything and decided to enter the Order
of the Fathers of the Very Holy Sacrament. While living in the monastery, Rodin
confided in Father Eymard, and he was the one that told Rodin to continue
sculpting and not to give up. Rodin eventually realized that religion was not
his calling and once he had enough money saved up, he moved into his first
studio. From that point on, he was fully committed to his artwork. Rodin said
that it was so cold in his studio, (he could not afford to have heat) that he
would wake up and see parts of his sculptures on the floor. "Since I didn\'t
have the money to have them cast, each day I lost precious time covering my clay
with wet cloths. Despite that, at every turn I had accidents from the effects of
the cold and heat. Entire sections detached themselves–heads, arms, knees,
chunks of torso fell off; I found them in pieces on the tiles that covered the
floor... You could not believe what I lost in that way" (Hale 42). In 1864,

Rodin created a masterpiece, something that would change his life forever. He
created The Man with the Broken Nose, and with the new creation he said,
"It determined all my future work" (Hale 43). The "new"
sculpture was not found to be worth anything after Rodin tried to enter it in
the Salon. So, he took it back home and placed it in a corner for numerous
years. One day, one of Rodin\'s students saw the lonely bust and asked if he
could borrow it to make copy. Rodin did not refuse and when the student, Jules

Desbois took it to his classmates at the Grande École, they were astounded. All
of Desbois\'s classmates stood around with amazement, all asking who created such
an antique (meaning that is was old, in a sense of not being used or displayed)
masterpiece. Desbois said, "‘The man who made it, whose name is Rodin,
failed three times to enter the school, and the work you take to be antique was
refused by the Salon\'" (Hale 45). In 1866, Rose, his girlfriend, gave birth
to a baby boy. He soon had a job with one of the best employers around, Carrier-Belleuse.

There, he was a draftsman, molder, finisher and a caster. He eventually left
because he had all the money that he claimed he needed. In 1870, he was called
to serve in the National Guard, but was released because of his poor vision. By
this time, there was no money and Rodin tried to call previous clients that
could possibly want some decorating done. All ties were broken after he left the
reputable company Carrier-Belleuse. After months without having any work, Rose
left him and Rodin decided to join a partnership with another ex-employee of

Carrier-Belleuse. Together, the two men made sculptures and reliefs (sculptural
technique where-by figures are carved out of a block of stone, part of which is
left to form a background. Depending on the degree to which the figures