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Deep thought
作者:21ST    来源:高中版第72期    日期: 2010-11-09
The Thinker

The Thinker


关键词:A brief history of Western painting and Chinese art; Famous artists and works of art



Head on hand and resting his right arm on his left knee, he has sat in silent contemplation (沉思) for more than 100 years. What on earth has he been thinking about?

Well, you may have the chance to ask him yourself. "The Thinker", one of the most famous sculptures (雕塑) of all time, will visit Beijing for the first time on April 4. And he will stay for one month.

" 'The Thinker' is more than a famous sculpture. It shows a depth of feeling for humanity (人性) and a nobility (高贵) of thought," said Liu Yan, executive director (总策划) of Cyberark Consulting, which has organized the exhibition. "It deserves artistic and spiritual appreciation (欣赏)."

"The Thinker" is the masterpiece of French artist Auguste Rodin. Rodin was born in Paris in 1840. At the age of 14 he entered a local school of decorative arts (装饰艺术). The teenager wanted to be an artist, but failed to get accepted into the best art school in Paris. His application was turned down every time.

As an 18-year-old, he worked as a stonecutter to make his living. Four years later the death of his sister upset him so greatly that he joined a monastery (修道院). There, his talent was recognized and he was encouraged to pursue his artist dream.

Young Rodin spent 10 years working for sculptors. In 1876, he travelled to Italy, where he saw the works of Michelangelo (米开朗基罗) and others. That gave him the push he needed to go from Rodin the gifted artisan (工匠) to Rodin the artist. The trip inspired his sculpture "The Age of Bronze" (《青铜时代》), which shot him to fame.

In 1880, he was chosen to create a bronze door for the future Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris. While working on the doors, which are known as The Gates of Hell (地狱之门), Rodin read great Italian poet Dante (但丁), who inspired much of his art.

He always tried to show people as they really were. And he refused to ignore the negative (负面的) part of humanity. His works display sadness and moral weakness, as well as passion and beauty.

The irregular surface of his sculptures sets them apart from the cold, smooth surface that was the tradition.

His creativity in form and subject matter (主题) established his reputation as the first master of modern sculpture.

When Rodin was 76 years old he gave the French Government his entire collection of work. He died one year later.

application n. 申请
pursue one抯 dream: 追逐梦想
shoot sb. to fame: 使某人成名
ignore v. 忽视
reputation n. 声望;名誉

关键词:人教版 高二 Art 艺术Art



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