Copy of Rodin's "The Kiss"Made in France, Europe
Henri Gréber, French, 1855 - 1941. After Auguste Rodin, French, 1840 - 1917.
* Rodin Museum, Main Gallery
F1929-7-62Bequest of Jules E. Mastbaum, 1929
The Kiss originated as a design for Rodin’s The Gates of Hell. The embracing figures appear in the lower left corner of the model of The Gates, where they represent two characters from Dante’s Divine Comedy. Rodin did not include them in the final work, however, instead exhibiting enlarged versions of the sculpture as independent statues.
Although scaled for outdoor public display and among the most popular of Rodin’s works, The Kiss was not installed outdoors until 1998. A bronze version stands in the Tuileries Garden in Paris.
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