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  1. 1840
    1. Nov 12
      • Rodin is born in Paris.

  2. 1854
    1.  
      • Enters La Petite École, a special school for drawing and mathematics.

  3. 1857
    1.  
      • Fails in three attempts to be admitted at the prestigious …cole des Beaux-Arts.

  4. 1858
    1.  
      • Begins to do decorative stonework in order to make his living.

  5. 1862
    1.  
      • Enters Society of the Blessed Sacrament following the death of his sister Maria.

  6. 1863
    1.  
      • Leaves religious order after Pierre-Julien Eymard, the father superior, recognizes Rodin's talents and encouraged him to pursue his art.

  7. 1864
    1.  
      • Meets seamstress Rose Beuret, who would become his life companion and the
        model for many of his works; submits his Man with a Broken Nose to the Paris
        Salon. It is rejected. Camille Claudel is born.

  8. 1875
    1.  
      • Travels to Italy and studies the works of Michelangelo.

  9. 1876
    1.  
      • Eight Rodin sculptures are exhibited at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia.

  10. 1877
    1.  
      • The Age of Bronze causes a scandal when critics find it so realistic they accuse
        Rodin of casting a live model.

  11. 1880
    1.  
      • Receives the commission to create a bronze door for the future Museum of
        Decorative Arts (The Gates of Hell).

  12. 1883
    1.  
      • Meets Camille Claudel, a talented nineteen-year-old sculptor, with whom he would have a fifteen-year affair.

  13. 1884
    1.  
      • Receives the commission for The Burghers of Calais.

  14. 1889
    1.  
      • Receives the commissions for a Monument to Victor Hugo to be placed near the
        Pantheon and the Monument to Claude Lorrain for the city of Nancy.

  15. 1890
    1.  
      • Project for the Victor Hugo monument is rejected.

  16. 1891
    1.  
      • The Societé des Gens de Lettres commissions a Monument to Balzac.

  17. 1894
    1.  
      • Meets Cézanne; receives commission for Monument to President Sarmiento of
        Argentina.

  18. 1895
    1.  
      • Burghers of Calais is unveiled at Calais.

  19. 1898
    1.  
      • Breaks off affair with Camille Claudel; Monument to Balzac is exhibited at the Salon and is rejected by The Societé des Gens de Lettres, causing a national scandal.

  20. 1899
    1.  
      • The first important exhibition devoted to Rodin is seen in Brussels, Rotterdam,
        Amsterdam and The Hague.

  21. 1900
    1.  
      • Rodin’s first major retrospective exhibition opens in conjunction with the
        International Exhibition in Paris.

  22. 1908
    1.  
      • Edward Steichen takes a famous series of photographs at Meudon; Rodin moves
        into the Hôtel Biron, outside Paris.

  23. 1911
    1.  
      • The British Government purchases a cast of The Burghers of Calais, to be
        displayed near the Houses of Parliament.

  24. 1912
    1.  
      • The Rodin Room opens in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

  25. 1913
    1.  
      • Camille Claudel is committed to an asylum.

  26. 1916
    1.  
      • Rodin falls seriously ill; in three donations, he formally offers his work and
        collections to the French State.

  27. 1917
    1. Jan 29
      • Marries Rose Beuret.

    2. Feb 14
      • Rose dies.

    3. Nov 17
      • Rodin dies at Meudon.

    4. Nov 24
      • Rodin is buried on the grounds of his home, beside Rose, with
        The Thinker as their monument.

  28. 1919
    1. Aug 4
      • The Musée Rodin opens in the Hôtel Biron, Paris.

  29. 1929
    1. Nov 29
      • The Rodin Museum opens in Philadelphia.

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