Yesterday we did a piece on Rodin. "The Thinker" is his most recognizable work.
Rodin made a first small plaster version around 1880. The first large-scale bronze cast was finished in 1902, but not presented to the public until 1904. It became the property of the city of Paris – thanks to a subscription organized by Rodin admirers – and was put in front of the Panthéonin 1906. In 1922, it was moved to the Hôtel Biron, which was transformed into a Rodin Museum.
More than any other Rodin sculpture, The Thinker moved into the popular imagination as an immediately recognizable icon of intellectual activity; consequently, it has been subject to endless satirical use. This started in Rodin's lifetime.