November 26th, 2005

Puddle Graphic


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.
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