Auguste Rodin (French, 1840-1917)
The Tate’s The Kiss is one of three full-scale versions made in Rodin’s lifetime. Its blend of eroticism and idealism makes it one of the great images of sexual love. However, Rodin considered it overly traditional, calling The Kiss ‘a large sculpted knick-knack following the usual formula.’
~The Rodin Museum in Paris, France
~Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen, Denmark
The three larger marble versions were exhibited together at the Musée d’Orsay in 1995. A fourth copy was made after the death of Rodin by sculptor Henri-Léon Gréber for the Rodin Museum of Philadelphia.
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