Signed to right behind support of arm: Rodin Foundry mark left side of base: F. BARBEDIENNE, FONDEUR
Auguste Rodin, French, 1840 - 1917. Cast by Ferdinand Barbedienne, French, 1810 - 1892.
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Eternal Springtime developed out of Rodin’s ambitious project for The Gates of Hell (Philadelphia Museum of Art, F1929-7-128), and demonstrates the artist’s tendency to reuse and adapt figures from earlier compositions. The female figure is based on a sensuous torso that appears in the upper left portion of The Gates. Here she is fully formed and joined in an erotic embrace with a male figure who has small wings on his back, like the mythological figure Cupid.
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