Today's Google doodle marks the 172nd birthday of the French sculptor Auguste Rodin by depicting his best known work 'The Thinker'.
AUGUSTE RODIN (1840 - 1917), the father of modern sculpture, was born in a working-class Parisian family and excelled in craftsman-like approach to sculpting. Some of his works were exotic but controversial for being against the morality standards of that time.
For example, his sculpture, The Kiss, of embracing of a naked man and a woman, created a furore and caused such a wide public outcry that it was removed from public view from the art gallery then. Another monumental work of Rodin is the Gates of Hell.
For art lovers, The Rodin Museum in Paris, created in 1916, houses some of his works along with the work of other notable artists and savants of the era. The notable bronzes as The Thinker and The Gates of Hell in the rose garden as well as Balzac and The Burghers of Calais are the major attraction for the visitors.
Rodin died at the age of 77 on November 17, 1917, five days after his birth date.