Happy Birthday Auguste Rodin!! French Impressionist sculptor, born in 1840 who is best known, perhaps for his sculpture, The Thinker. His work bridged the 19th and 20th centuries and created a new language for sculpture. In contrast to Michelangelo, whose partial figures struggled to appear from the medium, Rodin used the human body in fragmented form to explore and express a conscious aesthetic construction. Rodin combined symbolism with impressionism and allowed sculpture to take its rightful place in the art world. La Cathedrale, sculpture of two hands (the hands are of two, not one person) in prayer; reiterate Rodin’s belief that spirituality can only exist with the joining of two people in relationship, creating the ideal.