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.

> 1857

Charles Baudelaire (1821 -1867)

Les Fleurs du Mal (The Flowers of Evil)


> 1876

Auguste Rodin (1840 -1917)

Letter from Auguste Rodin to Rose Beuret

Early 1876

> 1885

Octave Mirbeau (1848 -1917)

Letter from Octave Mirbeau to Rodin

1885 (Early September)

> 1886

Auguste Rodin (1840 -1917)

Letter from Auguste Rodin to Camille Claudel

Circa 1886

> 1887

Leopold Von Sacher-Masoch (1836 -1895)

Letter from Leopold von Sacher-Masoch to Auguste Rodin

1887 (10 april)

> 1888

Camille Claudel (1864 -1943)


1888 (16 May)

> 1891

Camille Claudel (1864 -1943)

Letter from Camille Claudel to Auguste Rodin

1890 or 1891 (Summer) ?

Emile Zola (1840 -1902)

Letter from Émile Zola to Rodin

1891 (14 August)

> 1893