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Group - Cupid and Psyche
  • Cupid and Psyche
    Rodin, Auguste, born 1840 - died 1917
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Cupid and Psyche

  • Object:

    Group

  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1898 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Rodin, Auguste, born 1840 - died 1917 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Marble

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Rodin in November 1914

  • Museum number:

    A.49-1914

  • Gallery location:

    Sculpture, Room 21, The Dorothy and Michael Hintze Galleries, case FS, shelf WN

This sculpture developed from one of the groups in The Gates of Hell (the bronze portal and doors for the new Museum of Decorative Arts, Paris, which Rodin was asked to design in 1880). Rodin explored the subject over a number of years, the earliest dating from before 1886, and produced it in several other versions, as well as drawing it repeatedly.

This marble version was carved by one of his trusted assistants, under his supervision. This was normal workshop practice at the time and it is known that Rodin himself did not carve marble sculptures. The contrast of the rough-hewn rock with the smooth surface of the figures indicates Rodin's admiration for the work of Michelangelo.

Place of Origin

France (made)

Date

ca. 1898 (made)

Artist/maker

Rodin, Auguste, born 1840 - died 1917 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Marble

Dimensions

Height: 101 cm

Object history note

Given by Rodin in November 1914

Descriptive line

Group, Cupid and Psyche, by Auguste Rodin, French, marble, ca. 1898

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Hawkins, Jennifer, Rodin Sculptures, London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1975, p.26, ill.24
Alley, Ronald. Tate Gallery Catalogues: Foreign Paintings, Drawings & Sculpture. Londo, 1959. pp. 222-223.
Newton, Joy. Rodin is a British Institution. Burlington Magazine. CXXXVI. Dec. 1994/ p. 827.
Mitchell, Claudine. The Zola of Sculpture. In: Mitchell, Claudine. ed. Rodin: The Zola of Sculpture. Henry Moore Institute, 2003. pp. 183-200.
Trusted, Majorie. ed. The Making of Sculpture: the Materials and Techniques of European Sculpture. London: V&A Publications, 2007. p. 95. pl. 164.
Elliott, Ann and Dyer, Angela (Ed.), Rodin in Lewes, Lewes, Lewes District Council, 1999
Lampert, Catherine, Rodin, London, Royal Academy of Arts, 2006

Labels and date

This group illustrates Rodin's distinctive working of marble, in particular in the way the two figures are seen emerging from the quarried block. [June 2006]
Rodin explored this subject over a number of years, beginning in the 1880s with his work for the Gates of Hell. The smoothly finished figures emerging from rough-hewn rock reflect his admiration for the work of Michelangelo. Marble versions of Rodin's sculpture were usually carved by assistants under his supervision. This was normal workshop practice at the time. [March 2007]

Materials

Marble

Categories

Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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