My Daily Art
One of the most recognized sculptures in the history of art, the piece was lent after a private collector learned of the WAG exhibition Starting with Rodin. The work was one of the bronze casts produced posthumously from the original plaster molds with the permission of the Rodin Museum in Paris.
Originally named The Poet, Rodin created the piece as the central figure in his enormous sculptural commission, The Gates of Hell. A few years later, in 1902, he produced a much larger version (double in size to the original) making it into an independent work.
Scholars have debated the identity or source for the figure, suggesting it might be the biblical Adam, Dante, or the artist himself. The Thinker was first exhibited in front of the Panthéon in Paris and then later moved to the Hôtel Biron, now the Rodin Museum. Foundry workers named the work The Thinker because of its likeness to Michelangelo’s statue of Lorenzo de Medici in Florence.
While the WAG is temporarily closed, this series of posts from Director & CEO, Dr. Stephen Borys, shares an artwork from the collection every day until the Gallery reopens. Follow along on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, or visit our stories section for this and more WAG@Home content.