September 25, 2012

The Kiss.

Do you know The Kiss, by Rodin? Locked in luminous white marble for all eternity, these lovers seem not to mind.

Au contraire! They're completely absorbed in their embrace, oblivious to onlookers. I almost felt like a voyeur as I drew them.

You might say that drawing statues is not strictly 'life drawing', but with Rodin, they do feel alive to me.

It's helpful that statues don't move around too much.

But you never know with Rodin.

I went to the Rodin Museum in Philadelphia with my mom. It's a collection of many of his sculptures mainly in bronze and marble. I loved it there; I loved the tranquility, the thoughtful balance between aggression and tenderness in every gesture. Go see it.