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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press (May 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071484148X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714841489
  • Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 10.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,756,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jane Mayo Roos is an award-winning scholar who has published and lectured widely on the sculpture of Auguste Rodin. Having received her doctorate from Columbia University, she has been a Professor of Art History at Hunter College in New York City and a Visiting Lecturer in Christie's Graduate Programme in Connoisseurship. Her published works include Rodin's Monument to Victor Hugo (1998), as well as books and essays on Aedouard Manet, Claude Monet, Camille Claudel, and Stephane Mallarme.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lars Kingbeard on June 10, 2011
I'm not going to comment on the text, just the plates. Phaidon has elected to show Rodin's sculptures on completely flat, static grounds of either white or black, white for the bronzes and black for works in marble or plaster, and the effect thus produced is one of hastily scissored magazine clippings for a scrap book or collage. Serrated edges cut a stark relief against the page and the sculpture itself is reduced to a flat silhouette. Not good. In contrast, the few vintage photographs included breathe with a wonderful atmosphere and depth; here the sculptures are shown in their proper context and their subtle forms are far more readable and evocative. These old photos are also vastly superior in composition, as the newer photos offer little more than a succesion of clinically sterile frontal shots. Its a shame to be outdone by carbon prints from over a century ago but there you have it - art reproduction in the age of photoshop. I hope that publishers of books on sculpture will take a lesson from this disaster and refrain from further desecrations of art at the hands of ignorami that are presumably more comfortable taking snapshots of watches and handbags than great sculpture.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John P. Monks on October 19, 2011
A previously-written review commented only on the plates. That's unfortunate, and I think he misses the whole point.

My comment will be brief, and a positive one.

The text enhances and compliments the photos, plates. Photoshop or not. It still worked for me.

The book, as a whole, reading the text, and referencing the plates, images of the works of Rodin, " together" make this book an excellent one.

The narratives, descriptions of Rodin's life, works, influences, development make the book, as a whole, a good read, and, if you will, a good " look", as well.

I have a better understanding of Rodin's art, and life, and the period in which he lived.
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By Johnny Camacian on June 30, 2012
I Bought this Book directly from Phaidon, and as a whole, I mean, text and images in context, it is a very good purchase. The plates may be are silloueted, but it does not spoil at all the good content.
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The images of Rodin's life works are quite beautifully presented in this glorious look at both the life and work of a great sculptor, but it is the careful and precise scholarship presented in the text which makes this book an outstanding addition to any library on art history. Dr Roos has given us a definitive look at this most interesting of sculptors. Bravo!
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