A worshipper of the woman, because she is a worshipper of nature, Rodin makes nature her main subject for observation. For La Porte de l' Enfer ordered in 1880, he multiplied his studies according to the models he left free to come and go in the workshop: it is directly in the earth, and in front of the living nature that inspires them, that he finds the forms.
He never leaves from predetermined subjects, but he chooses with the young women who pose for him the attitudes likely to give the bodies a maximum power of expression:"I do not create," he says,"I see and it is because I see that I am able to do".
He doesn't embarrass himself with head, feets or hands. And if, during the first part of his career, he had to produce sensual figures that often echoed 18th-century art and were destined for the amateur clientele that made him live, after about 1895 he gradually suppressed all that seemed anecdotal or useless to him: The study of the ancient has indeed taught him that a form acquires all the more strength as it is more condensed:"Life is in the model, the soul of the sculpture is in the piece; all the sculpture is there."
Reproduction in patinated resin
Height: 45 cm
Width: 22 cm
Depth: 19 cm
Museum: Aix-les-Bains - Dr. Jean Faure Museum
Artist: Auguste Rodin (1840-1917)