“The deep pain that is felt at the death of every friendly soul arises from the feeling that there is in every individual something which is inexpressible, peculiar to him alone, and is, therefore, absolutely and irretrievably lost.” ― Arthur Schopenhauer Jacques-Augustin Pajou (Jacques Augustin Pajou) (1730-1809) Bacchante tenant un tambour de basque, avec deux enfants Marble Louvre (France)
“Man’s naked form belongs to no particular moment in history; it is eternal, and can be looked upon with joy by the people of all ages.” Auguste Rodin The Eternal Idol (1889) Musée Rodin. Photo: Pierre Vallet.
What is real is not the external form, but the essence of things . . . it is impossible for anyone to express anything essentially real by imitating its exterior surface. Constantin Brancusi
“Life … is never the way one imagines it. It surprises you, it amazes you, and it makes you laugh or cry when you don’t expect it.” Niki de Saint Phalle
“I sleep completely naked to make me believe you are here, but when I wake up it is not the same thing. Most of all, don’t deceive me with other women any more” Camille Claudel , French sculptor 1864 – 1943 She was the lover and muse of Auguste Rodin.
Lovers’ Hands 1904, Marble Auguste Rodin “Light serves, in conformity with depressions and reliefs, to give the eye the same sensation that the hand receives from touch.” Auguste Rodin, from Rodin: The Man and his Art, with Leaves from his Notebook by J. Cladel