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Inscribed on plaque, front cetner: A R.L.Stevenson/au sympathique/ Artiste au grand/ et cher poète/ A Rodin

Auguste Rodin, French, 1840 - 1917

Made in France, Europe

Modeled 1884; cast 1886

Plaster, painted white

26 x 27 5/8 x 16 5/8 inches (66 x 70.2 x 42.2 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Rodin Museum

* Rodin Museum, West Gallery

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Credit Line:
Gift of Paul Rosenberg, 1953

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  • PublicationPhiladelphia Museum of Art: Handbook of the Collections

    Like many of Auguste Rodin's most innovative works, this sculpture is a compilation of separately conceived elements. The female nude was made in 1882 as an independent work, and two years later the artist combined it with the male nude figure to create a deeply human, intensely erotic celebration of physical love. Here, Rodin explores the bodily expression of extreme emotional states, the audaciously outstretched arm of the man investing the sculpture with a sense that the force of emotion has propelled the lovers into a precarious, free-floating vortex of love and longing, beyond the constraints of the physical world. At this time the artist was frequently sketching live models as they moved around him, and the spirit of youth and freedom in those drawings informs such daring sculptures as well. In 1885 Rodin gave this plaster to the writer Robert Louis Stevenson, inscribing it, at bottom, "to the sympathetic Artist, to the great and dear poet." The Philadelphia collection also contains a bronze cast of the work (Philadelphia Museum of Art, F1929-7-18). Christopher Riopelle, from Philadelphia Museum of Art: Handbook of the Collections (1995), p. 199.

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