A Moment in Art History – Auguste Rodin’s “Adam” – Incomplete Perfection

When Auguste Rodin decided that Adam would be part of his Gates of Hell, he didn’t anticipate that the sculpture of the Biblical first man would never stand in a completed creation. In this Moment in Art History we examine the sculpture, the artist’s inspiration, and the unintentional statement of hope Rodin made by leaving the project unfinished.

How do you Feel about Rodin’s Adam?

I would love to hear your impressions of Rodin’s Adam. Do you like the sculpture? Have you seen any of the casts in person? What impact has it had on you and your art?

Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

About the Author: Jason Horejs

Jason Horejs is the Owner of Xanadu Gallery, author of best selling books "Starving" to Successful & How to Sell Art , publisher of reddotblog.com, and founder of the Art Business Academy. Jason has helped thousands of artists prepare themselves to more effectively market their work, build relationships with galleries and collectors, and turn their artistic passion into a viable business.


  1. My most favored sculptures by Auguste Rodin are “The Thinker” and the “Kiss”. His “Adam” expresses shame and downcast emotion through the turning/twisting motion of the body and the intricate detail of the muscles and flesh. Enjoyed your video.

  2. I was able to see some of his work in the museum in Philadelphia; walking among his sculptures both inside and outside the museum was impressive. The Burgers of Calais was so real—and each one had a different face, body structure—they looked like representations of real people.

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