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“Eternal Spring” by Auguste Rodin: October Collection Highlight

Rodin commonly began his sculptures by modeling clay or wax or by working directly in plaster. For him a sculpture was never really finished as he could produce multiples and even cut the plaster apart, recombining hands, legs, torsos, and heads to alter a composition or form a completely new work.

Auguste Rodin (French, 1840–1917), Eternal Spring, 1884, cast 1963, bronze. High Museum of Art, Atlanta, gift of the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation, 1977.132.

Rodin began work on Eternal Spring soon after he met Camille Claudel — the sculptor with whom he would embark on a tumultuous relationship — so the erotic charge of this composition may have a biographical background.

Watch our Frances B. Bunzl Family Curator of European Art, Claudia Einecke, discuss Eternal Spring in the film above. The piece is on view in the Stent Family Wing on the Second Level in Gallery 207.

You can learn more about Rodin and his inventive approach to sculpture in the special exhibition Rodin in the United States: Confronting the Modern, on view through January 15, 2023!

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