Rodin's famous white marble sculpture tells a literary tale of passionate adulterous love and is considered to be one of the finest figurative sculptures. The black background shows strong contrast.
182.2 x 121.9 cm
Date of work
Original: Pentelican marble 182.2 x 121.9 x 153 cm ® Tate, London
Auguste Rodin was a French sculptor, draughtsman and engraver. After failing to obtain entry to the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, he worked for some years as an ornamental mason and continued his own work in the evenings. He had his first one-man exhibition with Monet in 1889, but full recognition only came after he organised a large exhibition of his works during the Paris International Exhibition of 1900.