Inscribed on plaque, front cetner: A R.L.Stevenson/au sympathique/ Artiste au grand/ et cher poète/ A Rodin
Auguste Rodin, French, 1840 - 1917
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Eternal Springtime developed out of Rodin’s ambitious project for The Gates of Hell 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 Cupid.
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