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Quotes of the Day for 12 November 2002 – Sculpture

François Auguste René Rodin was born at Paris on this day in 1840. He started to draw at age ten, first sculpted at age fifteen. His father opposed his aspirations in art, but neither that nor the schools that refused to admit him kept him from it long. He spent several years working in a foundry, casting the work of other by day and his own by night. We are fortunate that he persevered, he was acknowledged as one of the most masterful sculptors of the human form before his death in 1917. Here are some thoughts on Sculpture.

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The quotes:

Every man is the builder of a temple, called his body, to the god he worships, after a style peculiarly his own, nor can he get off by hammering marble instead. We are all sculptors and painters, and our material is our own flesh and blood and bones.
     - Henry David Thoreau

It is a mistake for a sculptor or a painter to speak or write very often about his job. It releases tension needed for his work.
     - Henry Moore, 1898 - 1986

You do not make sculpture because you like wood. That is absurd. You make sculpture because the wood allows you to express something that another material does not allow you to.
     - Louise Bourgeois

Sculpture, by its nature, is a thing. The sculptor is dealing with space itself, rather than the illusion of space.
     - George Rickey

Sculpture is quite simply the art of depression and protruberance.
     - François Auguste René Rodin, 1840 - 1917


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