Eternal Springtime was modelled during Rodin?s extreme period of action for The Gates of Hell , but this graceful two-number work never seemed on the portal site: like The Kiss , of which it's a type of form, its subject evokes the happiness of two young lovers, an euphoria overly unsuitable for the tragedy being played out on The Gates. With its rhythmic motion reminiscent of 18th century ornamental sculpture, which Rodin had often copied when working for ornamentalists, Eternal Springtime was translated many times into bronze and marble and was quite successful and enjoyed.
The female figure of this group was based on Torso of Adèle, an earlier work used on the tympanum of The Gates of Hell and modelled by Rodin. Through its sensuality, this striving body with arched back fits into the composition flawlessly. Reacting to this ascending curve is the extensive movement of the guy, the dominant figure in this pair of lovers.
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