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Added by John/Gene
on Jul 11, 2010.
 

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  • Larry

    I received two degrees from UofL and know The Thinker well. Larry Thomas UofL's Thinker He’s a masterpiece among us — the real deal. The Thinker statue that sits in front of Grawemeyer Hall is the first large-scale bronze cast of The Thinker. French sculptor Auguste Rodin personally supervised the casting in Paris. It came out of the mold Dec. 25, 1903, and was completed in early 1904. The Thinker design has been cast many times. Eight were made before Rodin’s death in 1917. As the first large-scale Thinker ever cast, UofL’s Thinker claims priority as the most original. He has been around. Rodin sent The Thinker to the 1904 World’s Fair. It was owned privately in Baltimore and later was displayed in the Walters Art Museum there. When Baltimore purchased another Thinker, the museum sold the sculpture to the estate of lawyer and art lover Arthur Hopkins, which bought it for the city of Louisville. The city decided to put The Thinker at UofL. The Thinker has sat in front of Grawemeyer Hall since 1949.

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