Carried out around 1885, in conjunction with The Gate of Hell, the Danaïde is curled up on itself in the characteristic attitude of pain.
In 1889 it was both enlarged and carved out of marble and it was then that she received her title inspired by the Greek legend according to which the fifty daughters of Danaos had been condemned to fill a cask with no bottom for having slit their husbands' throats on the night of their wedding, on the order of their father: Rodin paints here the despair of one of them who, realizing the absurdity of this task, falls and remains prostrate on the ground.
The success of the figure led Rodin to multiply the bronze or marble specimens: Rainer-Maria Rilke evoked "the wonderful impression" that one feels to go round it,"along the very long way around the curve of this back, richly unfurled towards the face which is lost in the stone like a great sobbing, towards the hand which, like a last flower, speaks once again softly of life, in the heart of the eternal ice of the block".
Reproduction in patinated resin
Height: 24 cm
Width: 45 cm
Depth: 25 cm
Weight: 12 kg
Origin: About 1885
Museum: Aix-les-Bains - Dr. Jean Faure Museum
Artist: Auguste Rodin (1840-1917)