Rodin - The Eve

Edward J. Steichen American, born Luxembourg
Person in Photograph Auguste Rodin French

Not on view

Albert Elsen's In Rodin's Studio: A Photographic Record of Sculpture in the Making has shown the importance to Rodin of photography, not only in the sale of his sculptures, but also in the process of creation of those sculptures. Elsen cited Eugène Druet as well as a number of others in this connection, but probably no other photographer of Rodin's sculpture has been quite as inspired as Edward Steichen. Steichen visited Rodin for the first time in 1900. He brought a portfolio of his photographs with him and, after looking through the portfolio, Rodin allowed the American to photograph him in his studio. The results have been justly termed "among the best ever made." In this exquisite autochrome, an early type of color transparency, signed and dated 1907, Steichen recorded the aging sculptor clothed in timeless drapery and sitting at the feet of the plaster model of his Eve, a soft-focus image that appears almost as the sculptor's dream.

Rodin - The Eve, Edward J. Steichen (American (born Luxembourg), Bivange 1879–1973 West Redding, Connecticut), Autochrome

Due to rights restrictions, this image cannot be enlarged, viewed at full screen, or downloaded.

Open Access

As part of the Met's Open Access policy, you can freely copy, modify and distribute this image, even for commercial purposes.


Public domain data for this object can also be accessed using the Met's Open Access API.