Auguste Rodin (1840-1917). Eve, small model-...

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Auguste Rodin (1840-1917). Eve, small model-...

Auguste Rodin (1840-1917).
Eve, small model- model with square base and flat feet), 1881.
Bronze with shaded brown patina. (sand casting).
Copy melted by Alexis Rudier at Rodin's request between 1905 and 1917.
Signed on the top of the base, right, in hollow: A. Rodin.
Signature in relief: A. Rodin, inside the base.
Founder's mark: Alexis Rudier Fondeur Paris on the back side of the base.
H: 75.3 cm.
This work will be included in the Critical Catalogue of the sculpted work currently being prepared by the Auguste Rodin Committee at the Brame & Lorenceau Gallery under the direction of Jérôme Le Blay, under the number 2020-6123B.

Export certificate for cultural property n°22503 dated November 9, 2020, permanent validity.

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In the decade of the 1880s, Rodin realized what can be considered his most important work: The Gates of Hell.
The artist, then in full possession of his means, created for it a large quantity of sculptures intended to fit into the monumental composition.
Among the subjects modelled for this titanic work: Eve.
Thought, as early as 1881, to be placed as a counterpart to Adam on the sides of The Gates of Hell, Rodin had to make up his mind to let it sleep for almost ten years without touching it. In fact, her model, Maria Abbruzezzi, who was pregnant during the posing sessions, changed her morphology as time went by, making, according to Rodin, her work by nature impossible.
It wasn't until 1899 that the artist decided to have two copies cast in bronze, which were exhibited at the Salon of the National Society of Fine Arts.

Eve is at the heart of Rodin's artistic preoccupations: by placing this work i