As Paris marks 100 years since the death of Auguste Rodin, ‘the Michelangelo of France’, we visit the city’s back streets where he started out, and grand the belle époque palaces where he ended up
The Thinker stares over the lawn at a fashion model who is pouting for paparazzi. Beyond the garden, clouds of red, white and blue smoke rise from a political rally. Welcome to the Rodin Museum in Paris on the centenary of the death of Auguste Rodin, creator of one of the world’s most famous sculptures – and no stranger to the forces of beauty and revolution.
French president François Hollande opened a blockbuster exhibition at the Grand Palais this week, the French mint has struck a commemorative €2 coin showing Rodin’s face next to the Thinker, and the French post office has issued a Rodin stamp. Exhibitions and events are planned worldwide, from the US to Australia.