Sculptor Auguste Rodin 1916 Manuscript Letter Signed His most famous work, The Thinker (Le Penseur), is in front of the Pantheon in Paris. After studying in Paris and Brussels, Rodin produced sculptures which, with their varying surfaces and finishes, resembled the Impressionist painters' effects of light and shade. The great The Gate of Hell (La Porte de l'Enfer) was commissioned for the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in 1880, and he spent most of the rest of his life working on the 186 figures for these bronze doors. Offered here is a two page manuscript letter in French, dated December 21, 1916, to Captain John Decker and signed in full, "Auguste Rodin." It is in regards to a possible commission for a statue of Joan of Arc and reads (in part): "...I myself love England; I admire her; the welcome she accorded my work as an artist remains one of the great joys of my career..." Fine condition, one fold with slight weakness at edge, 5" x 7" in size, original mailing envelope and English translation included. Accompanied by COA from PSA/DNA.

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