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I am beautiful, also known as The Abduction,[1] is an 1882 sculpture by French artist Auguste Rodin, inspired in a fragment from Charles Baudelaire's collection of poems Les Fleurs du mal.

I am beautiful
French: Je suis belle
Rodin Je suis belle DMA 1985-R-66.jpg
ArtistAuguste Rodin
Year1882 (1882)
TypeSculpture
MediumBronze
Dimensions69.4 cm × 36 cm × 36 cm (27.3 in × 14.1 in × 14.1 in)
LocationDallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas

The sculpture appears in The Gates of Hell, specifically in the right pilaster, made from joining Crouching Woman and The Falling Man. This group shows the woman with her back to the audience, in a round-like shape, and the man holding her in a manner reminiscent of the mythological deity Atlas.[2] In this and several other pieces, Rodin wants to express a morbid and erotic vision in which sexual satisfaction is unreachable.[3]

I am beautiful was part of an 1886 exhibition at the Georges Petit Gallery, where it caused commotion due to its audacity: the union of the aforementioned pieces form a symbolic expression of joy and passion that could not be achieved by its component parts, showcasing both suffering— in a figure that crouches folds unto itself— and an excess of reach in an overextended figure.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Musée Rodin. "I am beautiful". Musée Rodin, official website. Retrieved October 14, 2016.
  2. ^ Musée Rodin. "I am beautiful". Musée Rodin, official website. Retrieved October 14, 2016.
  3. ^ Rilke, Rainer Maria. Rodin. ISBN 978-1-78310-228-0.
  4. ^ Museo Soumaya (2016). La puerta del Infierno [The Gates of Hell] (in Spanish). Mexico: Fundación Carlos Slim. pp. 330–333. ISBN 9786077805182.