Los Angeles

Auguste Rodin

Esther Robles Gal­lery

Rodin’s complete absorption with the concept of movement is vividly dis­played in a small collection of water­colors at the Esther Robles Gallery. They are some of the artist’s last works, no more than ten or so in number. Yet they are some of his most exciting drawings available. Leaping figures are caught at the peak of action. The feel­ing of balance is only momentary. Noth­ing comes to rest. The literary romanti­cism that clouded most of Rodin’s imagery seems to have faded. The nude figure has become his vehicle for the communication of motion in a formal sense. Executed with an amazing econ­omy of means, the large free washes, supported by a minimum of line, display the clarity of a master.

Constance Perkins