Eternal Spring

Artist: Auguste Rodin (French, Paris 1840–1917 Meudon)

Date: modeled ca. 1881, carved 1907

Culture: French

Medium: Marble

Dimensions: Overall (wt. confirmed): 28 × 29 × 18 in., 433 lb. (71.1 × 73.7 × 45.7 cm, 196.4 kg)

Classification: Sculpture

Credit Line: Bequest of Isaac D. Fletcher, 1917

Accession Number: 17.120.184


The woman arches her torso in willful surrender to her partner, who bends at his ease to kiss her. Rodin temepered the work’s overt eroticism by giving it a variety of classicizing titles. First called Zephyr and Earth and later exhibited in the Paris Salon of 1897 as Cupid and Psyche, the composition’s true subject is sensuality and impassioned lovemaking. This marble version, commissioned in 1906 by the railroad investor and banker Isaac D. Fletcher, displays the soft, veiled quality of carving associated with Rodin’s late marbles.