The Thinker's Long Shadow

A thoughtful exhibit at the BMA is casting new light on the influence of Rodin on other artists

Art Review

August 01, 2007|By Glenn McNatt | Glenn McNatt,Sun art critic

With his massive head resting on one hand, Auguste Rodin's The Thinker is perhaps the most instantly recognizable sculpture in the world, a 2-ton bronze behemoth cast in the shape of a nude man lost in solitary contemplation. It's a work that has bemused viewers the world over since its first public appearance in 1904.

Now his unforgettable image is the centerpiece of Rodin: Expression & Influence, a modestly scaled but richly rewarding exhibition that opens today at the Baltimore Museum of Art. The show presents nearly 30 works by the French master and such contemporaries as Edgar Degas, Charles Despiau, Pablo Picasso and Aristide Maillol.

If you go Rodin: Expression & Influence runs through Feb. 10 at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive. Call 443-573-1700 or go to

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