More prominent during his lifetime than Cézanne and Monet, Rodin came from a life of anonymity, with a mother who was a seamstress and a father who was a detective. He began as a shy sculptor rebelling against traditional French institutions. Accepted into École Impériale de Dessin at age 10, Rodin later became a professional apprentice and studied Early Renaissance artists such as Michelangelo. In 1886, after meeting Rose Beuret, a quiet girl from the country, he created his first series of deeply emotional and symbolic works, including The Gates of Hell, The Kiss, and The Thinker. Although Beuret remained in the background of his life, she gave birth to his child and remained as his partner for more than 50 years. She ultimately married him during their late 70s. Her subtle, lifelong, erotic influences on his sculptures, portraits, and caricatures revolutionized the Impressionist Era. Despite his frenzied decade-long affair with the much younger Camille Claudel, Rodin remained with his true muse and model, Beuret, until they died together decades later.