Portrait of the sculptor as collector, historian, and archivist: Auguste Rodin

The sculptor Auguste Rodin built up a considerable collection of archives and documents to complement his work as an artist. His personal library, letters, photographs of his works, press cuttings, and archival material of all sorts form a large and highly diverse collection. The Musée Rodin is responsible for managing and cataloguing this mass of material for researchers, in addition to the works themselves. The dividing line between the works and the archives can be unclear, as in the case of drawings used as annotations by the artist or the photographs used to document his work as a sculptor, which are genuine works of art in their own right.