'L’Éternelle Idole' by Auguste Rodin

October 03, 2013
'L’Éternelle Idole' by Auguste Rodin   L'Eternelle Idole (The Eternal Idol), completed in 1889, embodies typical Auguste Rodin themes--strength, sensuality, gentleness, and in particular, the relationship between male and female. The piece displays Rodin's reverence for the female body, with a restrained male, with arms behind his back, kneels before the woman kissing her tenderly below the left breast, just over her heart. It has been suggested that this image may be a continuation of Rodin's The Kiss, and it has been documented that it was influenced by Camille Claudel's sclpture, Sakountala (Surrender).   The Musée Rodin, displaying the works of the French sculptor, Auguste Rodin, was opened in 1919 in the Hôtel Biron and surrounding grounds. Rodin used the Hôtel Biron as his residence from 1908, and subsequently donated his entire collection of sculptures (along with paintings by Vincent van Gogh and Pierre-Auguste Renoir that he had acquired) to the French State on the condition that they turn the building into a museum dedicated to his works. The Musée Rodin contains most of Rodin's significant creations, including The Thinker, The Kiss and Gates of Hell.