Rodin at the Walker

The Kiss, Auguste RodinSix sculptures by Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), best known for sculptures like The Thinker and The Kiss, are on display at the Walker Art Gallery from tomorrow, April 28th. All the sculptures on display were left to the Walker in the 1920s by Liverpool wine merchant and art collector James Smith. Smith, who bought the pieces between 1899 and 1907, had a lengthy correspondence with the sculptor and visited him in Paris several times, aided by his travels in the pioneering of Mediterranean wines in the UK. Smith, who lived in Blundellsands (currently home to Anthony Gormley's 'Another Place'), was also a patron of Victorian sculptor and artist G F Watts and the Walker has an extensive collection of his work also. The Rodin sculptures are; Fleeting Love (1899); Sister & Brother (1901); Danaid (1901-2); Eve (1902); Minerva (1905-7) and the Death of Athens (1903). From Saturday, the Walker also hosts its first major exhibition dedicated to costume, A Passion for Fashion. Over 700 period items of clothes, shoes and accessories worn by Emily Tinne and her children between 1910 and 1940 will be on display. The Walker is also currently hosting a celebration of the work of George Stubbs, dubbed the nation's best sporting artist from his instantly recognisable paintings of racehorses, in particular. The Stubbs exhibition is on until July 30.

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