Art: Free Play

"When a woman combs her hair," said Rodin, "the movement of the stars can be traced in her gestures." Before he died in 1917, Rodin had traced thousands of such starry motions.

In his last days, when his greatest sculptures—like the seated Thinker—had already passed into history, Rodin did little modeling. But the white-bearded master, who looked like a prophet by Michelangelo, saw no reason to stop working. ("I have always lived like a workman," said he, "the pleasure of working enabled me to' endure everything.")

After 60 Rodin made his best drawings, which...

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