August Rodin (French, 1840–1917)
The Thinker, ca. 1880, cast ca. 1904
Bronze. Height: 6ft. 6in.
Signed: A Rodin; stamped: Alexis Rudier / Fondeur. Paris.
Gift of Alma de Bretteville Spreckels
Rodin's Thinker is perhaps his best known monumental work, first conceived circa 1880–1881 as a depiction of poet Dante. The image evolved until it no longer represented Dante, but all poets or creators.