Auguste Rodin


Rodin was a prolific draftsman who, especially in his later years, made thousands of drawings of nude models in his studio. Energetic and fluid, they record unexpected poses and unusual viewpoints that depart from established European art- historical precedents. A contemporary described Rodin’s method: “Equipped with a sheet of paper . . . And a graphite pencil . . . He gets his model to strike a more or less unstable pose, then draws quickly without taking his eyes off the model. The hand roams haphazardly, the pencil often runs off the page. . . . Not once does [he] look at it. This snapshot of movement is taken in less than a minute.”

Auguste Rodin
French, 1840–1917
Nude Woman Standing, Seen from the Back with Her Hands on Her Hips, 1898–1900
Graphite, watercolor, and pen and black ink, on paper prepared with a light- blue wash
The Art Institute of Chicago, gift of Richard and Mary L. Gray; 2019.862
Gray Collection Trust, Art Institute of Chicago
Photography by Art Institute of Chicago Imaging Department