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Meanies. [Nov. 26th, 2005|10:04 am]
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Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), one of the great French sculptors was allowed to freeze to death by the French government even though it knew of his plight and could have saved him. Rodin, forgotten in the last year of his life, was refused financial aid several times by the French state, even while the statues he had donated to the country were kept warmly housed in museums. In the winter of 1917 Rodin’s application for a room in one of these museums was rejected, and a month later he died in a garret from frostbite.

[User Picture]From: et_blackbird
2005-11-26 02:44 pm (UTC)
My first reaction was very cynical and related to that old idea of how art's value can change: maybe they didn't want to help him, because his art was worth more with him dead than with him alive. It's far more likely that it was the same kind of thing that happens all the time now, all over Europe. People fall through the cracks.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2005-11-27 06:38 pm (UTC)
It's true. :(
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