“The Beauty and the Body” with Vita Mir for VOGUE China by Benjamin Kanarek

Vita Mir in The Beauty and the Body © Benjamin Kanarek

Auguste Rodin is considered as one of the most remarkable sculptors of his time and generally considered the progenitor of modern sculpture. He modelled the human body with realism and celebrated individual character and physicality. His studies of the body and sensuality of his masterpieces have been an inspiration and the incredible set for Benjamin Kanarek. Benjamin has been capturing models, celebrities and feminine body shape for over two decades. His caption next to master Auguste Rodin is a personal point of view of how beauty and body shape perception has been changed from that era.

“The Beauty and the Body” with model, Vita Mir came alive with Benjamin Kanarek behind the camera and with Frederique Renaut in the role of photo and film direction shot for the first time in Musée Rodin, in Paris for VOGUE China magazine.

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THE EDITORIAL

Vita Mir in The Beauty and the Body © Benjamin Kanarek

Vita Mir in The Beauty and the Body © Benjamin Kanarek

Vita Mir in The Beauty and the Body © Benjamin Kanarek

Vita Mir in The Beauty and the Body © Benjamin Kanarek

Vita Mir in The Beauty and the Body © Benjamin Kanarek

Vita Mir in The Beauty and the Body © Benjamin Kanarek

Vita Mir in The Beauty and the Body © Benjamin Kanarek

Vita Mir in The Beauty and the Body © Benjamin Kanarek

Vita Mir in The Beauty and the Body © Benjamin Kanarek

Vita Mir in The Beauty and the Body © Benjamin Kanarek

Behind the Scenes © Frédérique Renaut

MORE BEHIND THE SCENES

Auguste Rodin, born in Paris on November 12, 1840, was a sculptor whose work had a huge influence on modern art. Unlike many famous artists, Rodin didn’t become widely established until he was in his 40s. Developing his creative talents during his teens, Rodin later worked in the decorative arts for nearly two decades. He eventually sculpted the controversial piece “The Vanquished” (renamed “The Age of Bronze”), exhibited in 1877. Among Rodin’s most lauded works is “The Gates of Hell,” a monument of various sculpted figures that includes “The Thinker” (1880) and “The Kiss” (1882). Rodin didn’t live to finish the intricate piece; he died on November 17, 1917, in Meudon, France.

His master pieces and collections can be contemplated in Paris at

  • Musée Rodin 77, rue de Varenne Paris VIIème,
  • and in Meudon (15 min outside of Paris), with its villa, sculpture studio and park, the Musée Rodin in Meudon provides a comprehensive introduction to Rodin’s life and art.

The actual private Hôtel de Biron where resides Le Musée Rodin has been chosen to become a Museum by the artist himself.

“I give the State all my works in plaster, marble, bronze and stone, and my drawings, as well as the collection of antiquities that I had such pleasure in assembling for the education and training of artists and workers. And I ask the State to keep all these collections in the Hôtel Biron, which will be the Musée Rodin, reserving the right to reside there all my life.”

Auguste Rodin – Correspondence of Rodin, volume III, 1908-1912, letter no. 103 to Paul Escudier, late 1909

The Hôtel Biron – Musée Rodin in Paris © Frédérique Renaut

Musée Rodin © Frédérique Renaut

Behind the Scenes – The Beauty and the Body © Frédérique Renaut

Behind the Scenes – The Beauty and the Body © Frédérique Renaut

Musée Rodin © Frédérique Renaut

Behind the Scenes – The Beauty and the Body © Frédérique Renaut

Behind the Scenes – The Beauty and the Body © Frédérique Renaut

THE TEAM

Photographer Benjamin Kanarek

Photo Direction Benjamin Kanarek and Frédérique Renaut

Fashion Stylist Jean-Luc Favre

Model Vita Mir @ Premier Model Management London

Hair Stylist Audrey Lambert @ B Agency Paris

Makeup Natsuki Oneyama @ Agence Aurelien Paris

Manicurist  Liza Papass @ B Agency Paris 

Production Yellow Films

Photo Assistants Ieva Astrauskaite & Jamie Finnegan

Thanks to the Rodin Museum Paris

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