Rodin The Thinker Sculpture, Pot Metal, Bronze Colour, 1928.

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Rodin The Thinker Sculpture, Pot Metal, Bronze Colour, 1928.

 

A man sits alone on a rock, absorbed in thought. He leans forward, with his elbow on his knee and hand supporting his chin. Clearly focused, he intently casts his eyes downward. Known as The Thinker, this bronze sculpture represents the creative mind at work. Although the figure is seated, he is not at rest. As Auguste Rodin (ah-GOOST roe-DEN), the French artist who created this sculpture, stated, “What makes my Thinker think is that he thinks not only with his brain, with his knitted brow, his distended nostrils, and compressed lips, but with every muscle of his arms, back, and legs, with his clenched fist and gripping toes.” By choosing to depict The Thinker as a strong, athletic figure, Rodin conveyed that the act of thinking is a powerful exercise.

The Thinker was originally conceived as part of Rodin’s design for a set of bronze doors for a museum in Paris. This figure represented Dante Alighieri, an early Italian Renaissance poet. Rodin depicted Dante reflecting on The Divine Comedy, his epic poem about heaven, hell, and the fate of all humankind. However, the sculpture ultimately came to symbolize everyone who utilizes their imagination to create, artists, writers, scientists, and many others. Rodin himself identified with The Thinker, and a version of the sculpture still overlooks his tomb today.

Pot Metal, Also known as monkey metal, white metal, or die-cast zinc is a colloquial term that refers to alloys of low melting point metals that manufacturers use to make fast inexpensive castings. The term "pot metal" came about due to the practice at automobile factories in the early 20th century of gathering up non-ferrous metal scraps from the manufacturing processes and melting them in one pot to form into cast products. A small amount of iron usually made it into the castings, but too much iron raised the melting point, so it was minimized.

Item Code - BRO2C23OAC

Width: 4 1/4"  Height: 7"  Depth: 3"  Weight: 786 g


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