The French artist, best known for sculptures such as “The Thinker” and “The Kiss,” was largely panned by critics during most of his career, and was repeatedly denied entrance to Paris’ most acclaimed art school. In the later years of his life, Rodin’s busts drew him some acclaim among fans such as Oscar Wilde, and he eventually received an honorary doctorate from the University of Oxford.
Rodin married his companion of 53 years, Rose Beuret just two weeks before her death, and a matter of months before his own. He died at the age of 77.
In “Camille Claudel, 1915” — a movie set to be released in 2013 — Juliette Binoche plays Rodin’s paramour, Camille Claudel, who famously suffered from a mental breakdown after her split with the artist.