Critics of the time and the artists' early biographers remarked on the affinity between the two men. But whilst, since his death, Rodin's reputation steadily increased leading to today's universal recognition, Carrière, although widely known in his lifetime, is nowadays seldom thought of. 2006 being the centenary year of Carrière's death provides a good occasion to reappraise his work.
Not only does this exhibition offer a rare confrontation between painting and sculpture but, in presenting around a hundred very different works: baked clays, plaster casts, marble and bronze pieces, drawings and etchings by Rodin, and paintings, drawings and lithographs by Carrière, it also endeavours to provide an overview of the more subtle diversities between the artists. The exhibition has been made possible thanks to exceptional loans made by the Musée Rodin and the artist's descendants.
Mina Oya, Curator, the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo Antoinette Le Normand-Romain, General Curator for the National Heritage in charge of sculptures, Musée Rodin
Rodolphe Rapetti, Chief Curator for the National Heritage, Deputy Director of French Museums
Associate curator Emmanuelle Héran, Curator, Musée d'Orsay.
Exhibition organised by the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, the Musée Rodin, the Musée d'Orsay, and Mainichi Shinbunsha, first presented from 7 March to 4 June, 2006 in Tokyo, at the National Museum of Western Art.
Periodical48/14, La revue du musée d'Orsay, issue # 22, Spring 2006
Musée d'Orsay / Réunion des musées nationaux