Eternal Springtime

Eternal Springtime (French: L'Éternel Printemps) is a c. 1884 sculpture by the French artist Auguste Rodin, depicting a pair of lovers. It was created at the same time as The Gates of Hell and originally intended to be part of it.

Eternal Springtime
French: L'eternel printemps
105 La eterna primavera.jpg
Marble version of Eternal Springtime
ArtistAuguste Rodin
Year1884 (1884)
MediumMarble, bronze

Rodin originally conceived of Eternal Springtime as part of The Gates of Hell, one of the representations of Paolo Malatesta and Francesca da Polenta, but did not include it there because the happiness expressed by the lovers did not seem appropriate to the theme.[1] The Kiss, another famous sculpture by the artist, shares the same origin, but unlike The Kiss in Eternal Springtime the man dominates the composition, sustaining the arching body of his lover that joins him in a passionate kiss.

Rodin took the woman's torso, with its arched pose, from the Torso of Adele that appears in the upper left corner of the tympanum on The Gates of Hell;[1] the model was Adele Abruzzesi, originally from Italy, and for the man Lou Tellegen. However, at the time of his creation of Eternal Springtime, he was in a romantic relationship with Camille Claudel, and Reine-Marie Paris, the granddaughter of Claudel's brother Paul Claudel, has suggested that traces of her can be discerned in the woman of this piece and in other female figures prominent in works he created in the mid-1880s.[2]

The work was reproduced several times in bronze and marble. A marble version dating to c. 1901 was sold at auction in May 2016 for a then record-breaking $20 million.[3]



  1. ^ a b "La Eterna Primavera". Musée Rodin. Retrieved 2016-08-09.
  2. ^ Paris, Reine-Marie; Martindale, Meredith (1988). Camille Claudel (exhibition catalogue). Washington, D. C.: National Museum of Women in the Arts. pp. 19, 41. ISBN 9780940979048. Cited in Mathews, Patricia Townley (1999). Passionate Discontent: Creativity, Gender, and French Symbolist Art. Chicago: University of Chicago. p. 254, note 62. ISBN 9780226510187.
  3. ^ "Rodin marble sells for record $20m at New York auction". BBC News. 2016-05-10. Retrieved 2016-08-09.

External linksEdit