Auguste Rodin The Thinker

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The Thinker is a renowned sculpture by Auguste Rodin. It has heavy roots in greco-roman culture, obvious from the body size depicted and familiar muscle tone in statues of ancient Greek gods. The original sculpture was made of bronze and turned green as time went on. The aging process is often considered when bronze casting, it makes the art seem older, and sometimes commands reverence. Not only does the material used seem to radiate strength, but the man depicted also appears to be heavily built and powerful.
The large casting we all know came from France in 1904, a mere ten years before World War I, speaks to the desires of a public who wanted peace and civility. The concept for the Thinker came about in the 1880s, about the time nationalism …show more content…

Yet the strange part of the sculpture is that this warrior isn’t posed for battle- he ponders something. He sits on a tree stump or rock, seemingly unaware of any uncomfort the spot affords him. The Thinker does not move, but it seems his mind is wandering the globe, his right hand serves solely as a resting place for his immense head. His other hand sits partially opened on his knee, bracing his weight so he doesn’t tip. The hair on his head is short and tame, slight waves give it more character than just the scratches and marks made by foul weather. His face is incredibly detailed- the eyes are open, his jaw bones are sharp and wide. The nose is Roman, large and commanding. It appears to have been broken long before his contemplative state. Deep lines run under his eyes and on his brow. Meanwhile the hand he rests his head on has forced his mouth into a strange sort of frown, like a student who doesn’t quite understand the material in class. He doesn’t seem to be in a jovial …show more content…

Rightly named “The Thinker” it embodies the feeling of being wholly absorbed in thought. I see a man who is immensely powerful, but shows such restraint as to sit and contemplate life. It speaks to me on a personal level where my values lie. That this man has such a capacity for action yet places thought higher, reminds me to stop and think before I act. It reminds me to culture my mind and take care of my body. The idea of such great restraint calms me, go figure. Even more that philosophy, the man represents strength in solace. It’s important to note that Thinker sits alone on his mound, but more important is that he is indifferent to all the people walking around, staring at him. The Thinker has found some sort of inner peace. He doesn’t heed the people that stand and gawk at his vulnerable body, nor does he meet the gaze of anyone who think great of him. In a way Thinker is personifies the self-assuredness and poise so many people, including myself, work their lives to maintain. As much as the Thinker deserves praise, it does have a few

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