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“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)


  • Ken Thomas Photography
    Ken Thomas Pho...about 5 years ago

    Brilliant capture!!

  • Thank you Ken!

    – Cora Wandel

  • robmac
    robmacabout 5 years ago

    Amazing talent

  • Thank you Rob!

    – Cora Wandel

  • David McMahon
    David McMahonabout 5 years ago

    What I really like about this shot is the angle and the fact that you have presented not one shadow but two.

  • Thank you David!

    – Cora Wandel

  • stevebuffington
    stevebuffingtonalmost 5 years ago

    Great lighting to make this come alive Cora. Nicely done.—Steve

  • Thank you Steve!

    – Cora Wandel

  • Phil
    Philover 4 years ago

    a favourite Rodin.. great capture

  • Thank you Phil!

    – Cora Wandel

  • Isa Rodriguez
    Isa Rodriguezover 4 years ago

    i love the use of light and shadow captured. it brings a separate element to this wonderful art. yours!…awesome work , cora

  • Thank you Isa!

    – Cora Wandel

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