Antiquity was a constant presence in Rodin’s life, from his early days until his death; a guiding light continually offering a new perspective on his work. Antiquity was initially a source of examples to be copied, but later, influenced by Michelangelo, it came to embody the luminous and joyful aspect of Rodin’s work, and became the symbol of the nature and life he sought to capture in his sculpture and his drawing. Rodin’s enthusiastic admiration for the models of Antiquity continued to grow, and they appeared in his later work in ever more subtle, barely perceptible ways. At that point, he was living happily at the Villa des Brillants in Meudon, and later in the Hôtel Biron, surrounded by a collection of over six thousand antique pieces. Between 1893 and 1917 he bought hundreds of Greek, Hellenic, Etruscan and Roman fragments in marble and in bronze from Parisian antique dealers, as well as terracotta vases and figurines.
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|On the left: Rabarama. On the right: Rodin|
From Rodin's years to the contemporary art world there have been significant mutations and often the artists have forgotten (more or less intentionally) the roots of art, that is "imitation of the Nature" enriched by the obvious creativity and complexity of humankind perception of it (myths, psychological issues, cultural issues, etc)
It is interesting to note that nowadays there are still great artists who can blend together modernism and mimetic beauty, with excellent results, as shown in the image here above.