Origin of the Greek Vase

Auguste Rodin French

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In a 1911 interview, Rodin described his discovery of this pose during a session with a model. He spoke of recognizing in her form "a vase with exquisite curves, the amphora which contains the life of the future within." Rodin was keenly interested in antique vases—he amassed a collection of more than six thousand vases of ancient, medieval, and Asian origin. The "vase-woman" became a recurring motif in his drawings during the first decade of the twentieth century.

Origin of the Greek Vase, Auguste Rodin (French, Paris 1840–1917 Meudon), Graphite, watercolor, and gouache

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