So I’ve been contemplating what to blog for the first Museworthy post of 2010. There were a few contenders in the running: a biography of a famous muse, a drawing of me done in a sketch class, a goofy nude photo I took of myself when I came home one night tipsy from wine, a picture of my cats frolicking in the snow, links to two articles of bizarre art news from around the world, a video embed of a dirty Richard Pryor standup comedy routine, an aimless, rambling “I love you all sooo much!” speech to my readers, etc, etc. None of them made the cut. Ah, but they will all have their shot at publication in the future, I’m sure.
I decided that the winner in the 2010 Museworthy sweepstakes, the person to kick off the new year on this blog, would be the one, the only, Rodin. One of my all-time favorites. I am completely in love with Rodin’s aesthetic, his profound admiration for the human body, and his “naturalism” approach to art. He valued gesture and expression, two things that comprise the essence of good art modeling.
For now, I’ve chosen a few of Rodin’s watercolor sketches instead of his sculpture, because I’m crazy about the movement in these works. The guy is incredibly modern and free-thinking and sensual. And the Musee Rodin is the one place I hope to get to some day. So let’s usher in the new year with Monsieur Rodin, Take it away, Auguste!