Description & Technical information

In 1871, at the end of the Franco-German conflict (1870-1871), Auguste Rodin settled in Belgium, the city of Paris still wounded by the war, no longer allowed him to leave there. He was then hired by Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse (1824-1887), an artist and sculptor whose career was growing in Brussels. During this six-years stay, Rodin began a series of sculptures on the theme of maternal love. Divided into three groups and based on the same model, they represent young mothers with their children.

Our sculpture L'amour qui passe evokes a separation. A young mother tries to embrace her child but the latter, personified as a putto, slips through her arms. While the
previous sculptures of the series reflected the joys of motherhood, L'amour qui passe depicts a woman facing her child leaving the nest and becoming independent. With a perfect mastery of the human body combined with a
subtle handling of the shapes, the artist manages to transcribe this break. The opposing movements of the two bodies and the interplay of shadows and lights are all the more indications that render this heartbreak.

Although it is a theme that evokes motherhood, L'amour qui passe is a tribute to feminity. The image of the woman, very present in Rodin's work, is once again the main subject. Sensual, the latter reflects pure beauty and radiant youth. Accompanied by a putto, it is also reminiscent of the ancient statues from which Rodin drew his inspiration throughout his lifetime.

Date:  Circa 1896-1901
Period:  20th century
Origin:  France
Medium: Bronze with green patina - Sand casting

Signed in a notch on the back of the base: A.Rodin. Founder : Atelier Rudier
Certificate of authenticity issued by Mr Gilles Perrault dated July 12th 2018.

Dimensions: 38.2 x 22.5 x 32.7 cm (15 x 8⁷/₈ x 12⁷/₈ inches)

Private collection, France.


Gustave Coquiot, Rodin, Cinquante-sept statues, Portrait de Rodin par Renoir, Editions Bernheim-Jeune, Paris, 1915, listed and illustrated under the n°48.
Antoinette le Normand-Romain, Rodin et le Bronze :
Catalogue des œuvres conservées au Musée Rodin, Tome I, Musée Rodin / RMN, Paris, 2007, other model illustrated p.471.

This work will be included in the Catalogue Critique de l’œuvre sculpté d’Auguste Rodin being prepared at the Brame & Lorenceau Gallery under the direction
of Mr Jérôme Le Blay. Notification of inclusion dated February 5th 2015.

Categories: Sculpture