By 1880, he had become a well-known sculptor in France, exhibiting frequently in the Paris Salons and receiving many commissions. Although much of his work is highly allegorical, including his masterpiece The Gates of HellRodin focused increasingly on capturing human expression and movement, often through erotic subject matter, as his artistic career progressed. An examples of this later style is his sculpture Eternal Spring. Despite facing much controversy over his work, Rodin continued to be a successful artist until his death in 1917. Artistic Style and Technique.