Gary Arseneau - Deception: Are These Really Rodins?


This is answered in the J. Paul Getty Trustíís "" website. Under their Getty Vocabulary Program the term "sculptor" is defined as: 

"Artists who specialize in creating images and forms that are carried out primarily in three dimensions, generally in the media of stone, wood, or metal." 

Based on the above documented definitions for the terms "original", "sculpture" and "sculptor", Auguste Rodin would have to be living to be a "sculptor" which would obviously allow him the ability to create his own "original" works of art in "sculpture." Therefore anything reproduced from Auguste Rodinís art, after his death November 17, 1917, would be obviously a "reproduction." Obviously if it is a "reproduction" it would have been done by someone other than the artist. As a result it could not be an "original" work of art in "sculpture." Hence "dead people donít create art." So anything posthumously and faithfully reproduced from Auguste Rodinís art would at best be a "reproduction." 

The definition of "reproduction" as documented earlier is: 

"A general term for any copy, likeness, or counterpart of an original work of art or of a photograph, done in the same medium as the original or in another, and done by someone other than the creator of the original." 

Since the Musee Rodin authorized "Rodin" bronze reproductions are from plaster reproductions themselves and not from Rodinís "original work{s} of art" as required under the definition "reproduction", what should they be called? 



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