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.

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Emile Zola (1840 -1902)

Letter from Émile Zola to Rodin

1891 (14 August)

Leopold Von Sacher-Masoch (1836 -1895)

Letter from Leopold von Sacher-Masoch to Auguste Rodin

1887 (10 april)

Octave Mirbeau (1848 -1917)

Letter from Octave Mirbeau to Rodin

1885 (Early September)

Rainer Maria Rilke (1875 -1926)

Letter from Rainer Maria Rilke to Auguste Rodin

1908 (31 August)

Paul Iribe (1883 -1935)

Caricature of Rodin

Vladimir Zupansky (1869 -1928)

Poster of the Rodin Exhibition in Prague


Camille Claudel (1864 -1943)


1888 (16 May)

Octave Mirbeau (1848 -1917)

Le Jardin des Supplices (The Torture Garden)


Auguste Rodin (1840 -1917)

Les Cathédrales de France


Charles Baudelaire (1821 -1867)

Les Fleurs du Mal (The Flowers of Evil)


Antoine Bourdelle (1861 -1929)

Letter from Antoine Bourdelle to Rodin

1893 (20 September)

Auguste Rodin (1840 -1917)

Letter from Auguste Rodin to Camille Claudel

Circa 1886

Auguste Rodin (1840 -1917)

Letter from Auguste Rodin to Claude Monet

1897 (22 September)

Auguste Rodin (1840 -1917)

Letter from Auguste Rodin to Helene de Hindenburg

1902 (22 November)

Auguste Rodin (1840 -1917)

Letter from Auguste Rodin to Rose Beuret

Early 1876