Wednesday, July 3, 2013

The Thinker

Rodin's Thinker is another very well known work that has been reproduced in various forms, including here in LEGO by Nopdreamers. Originally this work was known as the Poet, as it was designed as a smaller figure of Dante in his large work The Gates of Hell. Rodin sculpted the figure out of either clay or plaster (I've seen both descriptions in different places; perhaps someone with greater knowledge could help clarify in a comment), and then created a mold from the sculpture to cast bronze figures. A larger monumental size version was first cast in bronze in 1902. Since the mold can be re-used, several versions have been made, and so you can see the Thinker in person at museums around the world.

The Thinker has been a popular subject in LEGO. Here are two more. One from Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick exhibition and an 'official' one from Legoland.

And less seriously, these by Kevin Hinkle and Jose Betancur.

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