Auguste Rodin was a French sculptor who is considered the founder of modern sculpture. He was born in Paris in 1840 and died there in 1917. Rodin was largely self-educated, and began to draw at age 10. Between ages 14 and 17, he attended the Petite École, a school specializing in art and mathematics where he studied drawing and painting. Rodin's early work was in the traditional academic style, but he soon began to develop his own unique style, which was characterized by its emphasis on realism and emotion. His most famous works include The Thinker, The Kiss, The Gates of Hell, and The Burghers of Calais. Rodin's work was controversial in his own time, but it is now widely recognized as some of the most important sculpture of the 19th century. He was a major influence on many other sculptors, including Henry Moore and Alberto Giacometti.
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