“Irsis, Messenger of the Gods” was sculpted by Auguste Rodin from 1890 to 1891.
Rodin, who lived from 1840 to 1917, is now regarded as the preeminent French sculptor of his time and the progenitor of modern sculpture. He was also known for his abstract work, which “Iris” is a fine example of. Rodin, who rebelled against established sculptural art, did not set out to do so. He was schooled traditionally, took a craftsman-like approach to his work, and desired academic recognition although he was never accepted into Paris’s foremost school of art. In fact, many of Rodin’s most notable sculptures were roundly criticized during his lifetime. They clashed with the predominant figure sculpture in tradition, in which works were decorative, formulaic, or highly thematic. Rodin was sensitive to the controversy about his work, but did not change his style, and near the end of his lifetime he began to receive favor and recognition from the artistic community. His legacy solidified in the decades following his death, and he is now regarded as the preeminent French sculptor of his time.
The sculpture was photographed at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C.
Camera: Canon Rebel XTi 400D
(ISO: 800; SS: 1/13; AV: 5.6; Lens: 17-85mm)