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The Thinker, 1880

Auguste Rodin

French, 1840-1917
Bronze, Edition of 12, Cast No. 11
79 x 38 x 59 in. (200.7 x 96.5 x 149.9 cm)
Norton Simon Art Foundation
© Norton Simon Art Foundation

On view

The image of The Thinker is not that of a passive dreamer, but of a man actively engaged in creative thought. Thinking has been expressed not only through the meditative attitude of the body, but through the effort of every muscle. As Rodin said, "What makes my Thinker think is that he thinks not only with his brain, with his knitted brow, his distended nostrils and compressed lips, but with every muscle of his arms, back and legs, with his clenched fists and gripping toes."

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