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Fo r Ril k e, his t i m e w ith Rod in wa s an e ducation in s eei ng – he cl os ely f ol lo wed the originatio n o f e v e ry p iece as well as the ir d is tributio n an d R od in’s integrat i o n i nto the high s o ci et y of Paris and it s ar t mark et.

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In hindsight, their collaboration appears to be a classic masterstudent that mostly shaped the younger student’s creative development. But only one year later, in 1906 , the close collaboration came to a sudden end – and RODIN and RILKE did not part as friends. They met time and time again and for a while, Rilke even lived at the HOTEL BIRON (Rodin’s Parisian Townhouse from 1908 and the present-day MUSÉE RODIN ), but they never grew truly close again.

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