The best reinterpretations of The Kiss by Auguste Rodin
Auguste Rodin’s Kiss is one of the most know classic sculpture of all times. It is one of the most valuable works of art and with the most prestige at international level.
At Buysculpture we have a great section for impressionist sculptures and it would not have been complete without the best reinterpretations of the sculpture Kiss, as a homage to this important worldwide known piece.
Auguste Rodin: education and the first steps in sculpture
Auguste Rodin was born in November of 1840 in París and was contemporary to impressionism. His greatness was recognisable from the start and he was considered one of the first, if not the first, modern sculptors.
He wasn’t educated in the Fine Arts, but received his education at the School for Decorative Arts. His youth Auguste Rodin spend studying to depth the human anatomy, which later on served him well in creating the great quality and detail of his works.
In 1875 he was involved in a scandal which resulted from a finished work called “The Bronze Age”, which for its great perfection caused other to accuse him of having made the mold directly from the body of the model and not by creating the clay mold, with the method of the casting in bronze.
With the aid from influential people of the age, like his friend painter and sculptor Edgar Degas, he managed to come out of the scandal victorious, and Auguste Rodin gain fame and place among the best Paris artists of the time thanks to it.
Since then Auguste Rodin divided his sculptures into two line of work, one dominated by him as the “food” which paid his expenses, and the other named “transgressor”.
The “food” line consisted of decorative sculptures which could have been easily sold and permitted him and his lovers to maintain the minimum livelihood he wished for.
In the transgressor line, however, we encounter some of the pieces most transcendental in the history of art, with the orders from important persons and monuments, which to this day summon a great admiration.
His great knowledge of the anatomy allowed him to use body effortlessly as a tool to express the human sentiments and psychology.
The most important works of Auguste Rodin is the well known “Gates of Hell”, a group for which the Kiss, Denae and the Thinker were created. Those gates were to be part of a museum that has never been build, but were to invoke Dante’s Inferno.
The Kiss by Auguste Rodin, the most recognisable sculpture
This work was originally planned as a relief for the gates of hell. But ended up being separated and used as the base for several versions of the famous Kiss.
It depicts two characters from Dante’s Inferno, Francesca da Rimini and Paolo, the brother of her husband, in love and caught in the act of kissing.