Auguste Rodin (1840-1917). For a long time the life of the sculptor Rodin was marked by the mixed reactions his work provoked with the audience. The lack of understanding for Rodin’s work was partly due to the original character of his art. Rodin’s work is characterised by a passion for the human body and he considered himself incapable of any creativity if he did not have a living model in front of him. ‘In everything I follow nature and I never pretend I am able to control her. My only ambition is to be subservient and faithful to her, he said.