Auguste Rodin, universally considered the “Father of Modern Sculpture,” created numerous iconic works. The Kiss, along with The Thinker, is his most celebrated work. Both subjects were originally conceived in connection with the artist’s massive bronze doors, The Gates of Hell, but eventually realized as independent works of art. Here, two young lovers come together in a forbidden embrace. The roughly textured surfaces and emotionally suggestive forms were new—even controversial—at the time they were initially presented by the master.
Auguste Rodin. The Kiss, conceived 1880 (cast before 1914). Bronze, 23.75 x 14.5 x 15.5 inches. Gift of Fred and Lena Meijer.