The Kiss (1886) by Auguste Rodin

The Kiss - Auguste Rodin - 1901 - 1904

Artwork Information

TitleThe Kiss
ArtistAuguste Rodin
Date1901 - 1904
Dimensions87 x 51 x 55 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection
Location Created France

About The Kiss

The artwork titled “The Kiss” by artist Auguste Rodin was created between the years 1901 and 1904, comprising of marble as its medium. Misattributed as part of the Impressionism movement, the sculpture in fact transcends this classification, often being associated with Symbolism, considering Rodin’s approach to human emotion and form. Its dimensions measure approximately 87 cm in height, 51 cm in width, and 55 cm in depth. “The Kiss” belongs to the sculpture genre and, as of the last available information, resides within a private collection. The artwork was crafted in France, reflecting Rodin’s deep roots in the French artistic tradition.

“The Kiss” is a stunning, life-sized marble sculpture that encapsulates a moment of intimacy between two figures, whose bodies intertwine in a tender embrace. The male figure seems to be sitting on a rock, with the female figure gracefully draped over his lap, her legs bent as she turns towards him. The couple’s faces are near to one another, suggesting proximity and the act of a kiss, which is the prominent theme of the piece. Their hands are gently touching, accentuating the delicacy of the moment being shared. The smooth, polished surface of the marble skin contrasts with the rough texture of the base, seemingly underscoring the distinction between idealized human passion and the raw stone from which they emerge. Rodin’s mastery of form and texture evokes a dynamic sense of movement and emotion, rendering “The Kiss” a timeless expression of love and sensuality.

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