The artist who is also a collector, archivist, curator and custodian of his own works has become a familiar figure over the last few years. Rodin was a perfect example. Probably through intuition rather than reflection, he knew how important the things that made up his daily universe would be to the understanding of his oeuvre. He thus kept everything.The tens of thousands of handwritten or printed documents, the books and periodicals that he donated to the French nation at the same time as his sculptures and collections, vividly recall more than 70 years of Rodin’s private, social and artistic life. Thanks to these documents,we gain insight into the very heart of his creative process.

> Charles Baudelaire

Charles Baudelaire (1821 -1867)

Les Fleurs du Mal (The Flowers of Evil)


> Antoine Bourdelle

Antoine Bourdelle (1861 -1929)

Letter from Antoine Bourdelle to Rodin

1893 (20 September)

> Camille Claudel

Camille Claudel (1864 -1943)


1888 (16 May)

Camille Claudel (1864 -1943)

Letter from Camille Claudel to Auguste Rodin

1890 or 1891 (Summer) ?

> Paul Iribe

Paul Iribe (1883 -1935)

Caricature of Rodin

> Octave Mirbeau

Octave Mirbeau (1848 -1917)

Le Jardin des Supplices (The Torture Garden)


Octave Mirbeau (1848 -1917)

Letter from Octave Mirbeau to Rodin

1885 (Early September)

> Rainer Maria Rilke

Rainer Maria Rilke (1875 -1926)

Letter from Rainer Maria Rilke to Auguste Rodin

1908 (31 August)

> Auguste Rodin

Auguste Rodin (1840 -1917)

Les Cathédrales de France