Auguste Rodin is an influential French artist, widely regarded as the father of modern sculpture. Known for his bronze and marble representations of the human body, Rodin created iconic works such as Le Penseur (1902) and Le Baiser (circa 1882). Born on November 12, 1840 in Paris, he studied decorative arts and sculpture while still a young boy, but this classical education was interrupted when he was refused at the École des beaux-arts. At the age of 18, he tried his luck twice but without success and after the death of his sister, he joined a religious order. He was encouraged to continue carving and began creating commercial works to support his family. In the 1870s, he travelled to Rome and was inspired by classical works. In 1900, he was a renowned artist and the World Exhibition dedicated an entire pavilion to him. In 1917, he married his long-time companion, Rose Beuret, and died that same year on 17 November in Meudon. Today, his work is found in major institutions around the world, museums are dedicated to his work, the Rodin Museum in Philadelphia and the Rodin Museum in Paris.