Google doodles Auguste Rodin's 172nd birthday
Posted on: 09:58 AM IST Nov 12, 2012
New Delhi: Celebrating the 172nd birthday of the French sculptor Auguste Rodin, Google has posted a doodle featuring one of his most famous works "The Thinker". The second 'O' of Google has been replaced with Rodin's bronze and marble sculpture - The Thinker - which depicts a man in grave meditation. This sculpture is generally used to represent philosophy.
The first cast (of 1902) of The Thinker, is now in the Musee Rodin in Paris. There are around 20 other original castings and posthumous castings.
This time, all Google colours - green, yellow, blue and red - are not there in the doodle. Instead, the doodle has only two colours - blue and black.
Born on November 12 1840, Auguste Rodin is known as the progenitor of modern sculpture. Many of his famous sculptures were panned during his lifetime. Rodin was sensitive to the controversy surrounding his work, but he refused to change his style. Continuous works brought favour from the government and the artistic community.
The 'The Thinker' (1880) and 'The Kiss' (1886) are two of Rodin's most famous creation. By 1900, he became a world-renowned artist. He married his lifelong companion, Rose Beuret, a few weeks before his death. He died at the age of 77 on November 17, 1917.