Rodin: Sex and the Making of Modern Sculpture
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Rodin emphasized the importance of desire and the sexual as the markers of his individual perspective, using them to fuel his increasingly daring treatments of the nude. In the minds of many viewers, the dramatic and activated surfaces of his sculptures came to be seen as evidence of, not just a sculptor's touch, but of a lover's touch as well. This fascinating book makes a case for reconsidering the terms of Rodin's influence, arguing that the sculptor placed renewed emphasis on the materiality and objecthood of sculptures as a means of asserting his own desire's inseparability from his works.