Rodin "The Kiss" Sculpture
Vintage Sculpture of Rodin's The Kiss by Austin Productions
Great detail on wood base. Rodin The Kiss issued by Austin Productions. Done in plaster.
Measures: 6.5" x 8" x 12"Tall
Some light scratches.
Commissioned by the French state in 1888, carved between 1888 and 1898. Joined the collections of the Musée du Luxembourg in 1901; transferred to the Musée Rodin in 1919.
The Kiss originally represented Paolo and Francesca, two characters borrowed, once again, from Dante’s Divine Comedy: slain by Francesca’s husband who surprised them as they exchanged their first kiss, the two lovers were condemned to wander eternally through Hell. This group, designed in the early stages of the elaboration of The Gates, was given a prominent position on the lower left door, opposite Ugolino, until 1886, when Rodin decided that this depiction of happiness and sensuality was incongruous with the theme of his vast project.