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Auguste Rodin (1840 -1917)
Circa 1885, Marble carved circa 1892-1894
H. 51 cm ; W. 72 cm ; D. 38 cm
Signed : A. Rodin
Former Joanny Peytel collection ; purchased by the museum in 1963.
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Fugit Amor is without question one of Rodin’s most beautiful compositions: the two straining bodies are combined in one perfect flowing movement. This two-figure group, which appeared twice on The Gates of Hell , was exhibited as an independent work from 1887 under the names The Dream and The Sphinx, which show how closely it related to the Symbolist aesthetic of the enigmatic woman.
In the second circle of Hell, Dante describes the eternal wandering of couples bound by their sin of forbidden love, to which Rodin added a Baudelarian theme.
This sculptural interpretation of the fantasies and anguish of Rodin’s generation was a huge success, so much so that numerous versions in bronze and marble now exist.The present marble has a particularly interesting provenance, since it was carved circa 1890 for Joanny Peytel, Rodin’s banker, who was one of the patrons who gave him the most financial support.