This work made in marble byAuguste Rodinin the year 1893 is preserved in the museum that bears his name, located in what was his residence and workshop inParis.
It is a marble with a marked sexual character, something that is not excessively strange in Rodin's production, since his works are as sensual as The Kiss or as explicit as Eternal Spring, not to mention others even more erotic like Las Sirenas or Lost Women.
Rodin's Eternal Idol
Actually,Rodinwas very interested in sexual matters, and of course also his important role in relationships. In this case, it shows us a scene in which we see a submissive man, one could say that he is a slave to that woman, who in some way is going to lead him to perdition.
This theme of possessive and evil women was recurrent during the 19th century. The literature of the time constantly evoked them, and so did painters like Gustave Moreau, Aubrey Beardsley or Gustav Klimt (by the way, a very good friend of Rodin), they brought characters like Judith or Salomé to their paintings. However, while in painting these types of women always seem very bad, in the case of sculptures, like this one of Rodin's Eternal Idol, they tend to be more idealized figures.
But beyond the sexual content, theThis theme helps the sculptor to explore other nuances of the relationship between men and women. Now he presents us with a woman, as a true image of beauty, worthy of worship, but whose response to that veneration by the boy is total indifference, which serves him to completely dominate who he adores.
That's about the topic, but on the other hand we have to mention the stylistic qualities of this marble. As always in Rodin exquisite, with a perfect anatomical treatment and total expressiveness in each pore of the skin. And that here he has opted for a very simple composition, compared to others in his groups of couples, since it is based on a triangular structure, almost classic in its simplicity.