My memories of the sculptor Auguste Rodin and other texts : unpublished translations

My memories of the sculptor Auguste Rodin and other texts : unpublished translations

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In 1900, thanks to a scholarship, the Czech sculptor Josef Maratka (1874-1937) travelled to Paris with the firm intention of meeting Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), then considered as the greatest sculptor of his time, and becoming his pupil. After being introduced to the master and proving himself in his studio, Maratka was accepted as a practitioner and spent three years working with Rodin in his home in Meudon. 

During his first stay in Paris, the young sculptor played a decisive role in organising the major Rodin exhibition in Prague in 1902 and accompanied the French artist on his trip to Bohemia-Moravia. Finally famous in his own country, Maratka established essential links with France that have lasted to this day. 

The memoirs of the Czech artist gathered together in this collection, completely unpublished in French, shed new light on this key moment in Rodin's career at the beginning of the 20th century. They also provide invaluable information about the sculptor's personality, his relationships with his family and friends, and his sometimes shady but sociable and cheerful character. 

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