Auguste Rodin (French, 1840–1917)
1884, cast 1963
26 x 28 1/2 x 16 inches
Gift of the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation
Auguste Rodin’s sculptures are often called Impressionist because of the way their surfaces catch and reflect light and set up optical color vibrations like Impressionist paintings. In fact, Rodin was closely linked with Claude Monet, bound by a lifelong friendship and mutual admiration, and the two artists regularly exhibited their works together with the gallerist Georges Petit, an important promoter of Impressionism. Rodin began work on Eternal Spring soon after he met Camille Claudel, the sculptor with whom he would embark on a tumultuous relationship. The erotic charge of the composition may thus have a biographical background.
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