Auguste Rodin: The Crouching Woman

Auguste Rodin’s bronze sculpture Crouching Woman (Femme accroupie) in the Hirshhorn Museum, USA

The Crouching Woman is a bronze sculpture by the French sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840-1917). It was modeled during the period 1882-1884, and enlarged during 1907-1911, and cast in 1962. The sculpture can be viewed in the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, an art museum beside the National Mall, in Washington, D.C., the United States. According […]

Evolution of art is integral to evolution of humans

Aphrodite Braschi, broken marble Venus, Glyptothek, Munich

Art is what evolved along with the evolution of Homo sapiens. The history of art, both in its two-dimensional form such as drawings and paintings, and three-dimensional form as carvings, sculptures, statues and similar artistic objects, is as old as the history of human beings. In fact, art is older than writing. The earliest forms […]

Apollonie Sabatier: French courtesan and artists’ model

Apollonie Sabatier painting by Vincent Vidal, Musée national du château de Compiègne

Apollonie Sabatier (1822-1889) was a French courtesan, artists’ model and a Bohemian in Paris. She also maintained a popular salon, where she acquainted most of the intellectuals of her times in Paris, such as artists, musicians, writers and art historians. As a socialite, some of her acquaintances include Alfred de Musset, Auguste Clésinger, Charles Augustin […]

Phryne (as Venus) made immortal by Praxiteles

Aphrodite of Cnidus, Venus Pudica, by Praxiteles, National Museum of Rome

We often hear about Phryne, whenever the name of Venus or Aphrodite is mentioned. Also we quite often stumble upon the name Praxiteles along with the names of Aphrodite, Phryne, etc. Who are they? Phryne was a famous hetaera (a term used for courtesans) who was born in Thespiae in Boeotia but lived in Athens […]

Paul Cezanne: The Large Bathers

Paul Cezanne: The Large Bathers, Les Grandes Baigneuses, 1906

The French artist and Post-Impressionist painter Paul Cézanne’s large oil painting titled ‘The Bathers’ (also called The Big Bathers or The Large Bathers and in French ‘Les Grandes Baigneuses’) have many superlatives attributed to it. These include: ‘the largest of his ‘Bather’ series of paintings, one of the masterpieces of modern art, his finest work, […]