Triton and Nereid

Auguste Rodin French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 800

This terracotta sketch of sensuously entwined sea deities reveals Rodin’s direct engagement with the subject of the female nude. The figure of Triton—caressing the Nereid’s voluptuously modeled torso—embodies the spirit of Rodin’s desire and veneration for the female body. The Met commissioned an over-life-size marble version of this work, but Rodin never completed it.

Triton and Nereid, Auguste Rodin (French, Paris 1840–1917 Meudon), Terracotta, French

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