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The Thinker is the pinnacle of the creative work of Auguste Rodin, French sculptor of the second half of the 19th century. Initially, the author called the statue "Poet", meaning the creator of the Divine Comedy Dante Alighieri. The work was commissioned by the Museum of Decorative Arts for two years - from 1880 to 1882. To create a powerful image, Augustin Rodin invited the famous boxer Jean Bo as a model. The athlete was endowed with ideal body proportions and was perfect for the planned image.
At first, a small model of the sculpture was created with a size of about 76 cm. It was intended for the museum exhibition “The Gates of Hell”. Later in 1902, a statue the size of a human height was presented in Paris.
The sculpture impresses with its realism. Made of bronze, the “thinker” is placed on a stone pedestal and depicts a full-size naked male figure. As a fan of Michelangelo, Augustin Rodin performed the work in the style traditions of the famous Italian sculptor. The size of the statue is about 186 centimeters. A man sits on a rock, resting his elbow on his knee. A deep thoughtfulness can be traced in his face, as if the solution of vital issues is at stake. This stocky figure has become for contemporaries an image of titanic power and enormous spiritual tension.
Later it was this appearance that was often used as a symbol of philosophy.
After the presentation of the monument to the public, the Thinker fell in love with the sophisticated viewer. With the permission of the author, numerous copies of the monument were made. To date, the image of a pensive man adorns many cities in the world, and the original is stored in a Paris museum. One of the copies guards the grave of its creator, Augustin Rodin.