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This book is interesting mainly as an illustration of the Cantor's systematic--and rather questionable-- promotion of posthumous bronzes "by" Rodin. The sculptor had a great deal of trouble designing the monument to Victor Hugo and it was never completed during his lifetime. Certainly the monument as reconstructed here is a rather clumsy and odd looking thing, not at all the lost masterpiece implied by the text. To make matters more complicated, Rodin intended the monument to be made of marble, not bronze. Thus this book inadvertently skates on the very thin ice of producing artworks posthumously, a practice that has clouded Rodin's legacy. The Cantor has not been particularly forthcoming about this issue and a careful reading of the text reveals this shortcoming.
That all said, the book is recommended reading for the Rodin enthusiast because it tells us about a little-known and not very attractive work that we otherwise would have passed us by. The general reader would probably do better to study the Burghers of Calais, or one of the better surveys of Rodin's career.
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