Description & Technical information

Conceived in 1884, this bronze version executed in this size in 1898, the present work was cast between 1910 and 1914 during the artist's lifetime.
"Éternel Printemps" is one of Rodin's most admired sculptures. This couple of lovers, made at the beginning of the 1880s, was inspired by the Canto V of Dante's "Divine Comedy" which tells of Paolo and Francesca. But its expressive force certainly also owes much to the growing relationship between the sculptor and his student Camille Claudel. Rodin thought to integrate this remarkable composition into his project "La Porte de l'Enfer", begun in 1880, before renouncing this idea. The two lovers probably did not ideally blend in with the majestic severity of the doors. "Eternel
Printemps" thus became a work in itself, as demonstrated by its huge success at the time and the attention Rodin gave to the different casts and various marble versions.
For the modelling of the woman's body in "Eternel Printemps", Rodin drew on the torso of Adele Abbruzzesi, one of the sculptor's favorite models, whose forms he sculpted from 1878. This same torso notably reappears in the caryatid located in the upper left corner of the "Porte de l'Enfer".
Following the success of the intertwined couple, the sculptor agreed to a renewable ten year edition contract with the Barbedienne foundry. This is how the three reductions of the sculpture appeared, including the present one, made between 1910 and 1914 according to the expertise of the Rodin Committee.


Date:  1910-1914
Period:  20th century
Origin:  France
Medium: Bronze with black patina
Dimensions: 83 x 65 x 39 cm (32⁵/₈ x 25⁵/₈ x 15³/₈ inches)
Provenance: Société anonyme des Verreries de Donetz, Brussels.
Mr Valentin Haumont, Brussels, gift from the above circa 1911-1914.
Private collection, Belgium, by inheritance.
Dieleman Gallery, Brussels.
Private collection, France, acquired from the former owner in the 90's.
Literature: Léon Maillard, Etudes sur quelques artistes originaux, Auguste Rodin statuaire, Paris, 1899, marble version illustrated p.121.
Georges Grappe, Catalogue du Musée Rodin, Paris, 1927, n°69.
Georges Grappe, Le Musée Rodin, Paris, 1944, other model illustrated pl.56.
Bernard Champigneulle, Rodin, Londres, 1967, n°34 et n°35, plaster version illustrated p.92-93.
Ionel Jianou, Cécile Goldscheider, Rodin, Paris, 1967, other models illustrated under the n°56 et n°57, p.98-99.
John L. Tancock, The Sculpture of Auguste Rodin, Philadelphie, 1976, other model illustrated under the n°32b, p.243.
Albert E. Elsen, Rodin's Art : The Rodin Collection of the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University, New York, 2003, other model illustrated under the n°148, p.494-495.
Antoinette le Normand-Romain, Rodin et le Bronze : Catalogue des oeuvres conservées au Musée Rodin, Tome I, Musée Rodin / RMN, 2007, other model illustrated under the n°S.2808, p.332.

This work will be included in the Catalogue Critique de l'oeuvre sculpté d'Auguste Rodin being prepared by the Brame & Lorenceau Gallery under the direction of Mr Jérôme Le Blay. Notification of inclusion dated July 10th 2015.