Eve, Auguste Rodin
Auguste Rodin
Eve
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Auguste Rodin

Eve, 1881


Dimensions
174.2 x 47 x 57 cm
Physical Description
Bronze
Inventory Number
St.P374
Acquisition
Acquired in 1953 as a gift from Georg Hartmann
Status
On loan

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About the Work

Eve hides her head shamefully in her arms. She and a figure of Adam were to flank the ‘Gates of Hell’, a project inspired by Dante’s ‘Divine Comedy’ but never carried to completion by Rodin. Even Eve herself remained unfinished. The fact that Rodin’s model was pregnant is reflected in his psychological intensity of the figure. Here, she is neither a seductress nor innocence personified, but the ‘primordial mother’ bringing original sin into the world. In 1899 she was accordingly the first modern sculpture to be exhibited without a base – putting her at eye level with the public.

About the Donation

Georg Hartmann (1870–1954) came from an old Frankfurt family. It was under his direction that, beginning in 1898, the Bauersche Type Foundry expanded to become a major corporation. An art collector and member of the Städelscher Museums-Verein from 1920 onwards, in 1935 Hartmann also came to serve as administrator of the Städelsches Kunstinstitut. His collecting interests were directed primarily towards medieval sculpture, but he was also open to modern art. He initially acquired the ‘Eve’ in Paris for himself; in 1953 he bequeathed it to the Städel.

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Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Eve
Sculptor (male)
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Bronze
Material
Technique

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum
Acquisition
Acquired in 1953 as a gift from Georg Hartmann

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Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif
Persons Shown
Associated Persons and Institutions
Illustrated Passage
  • Dante Alighieri: Die göttliche Komödie

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Primary
  • 11I63(EVE) Eve (not in biblical context)
  • 31AA the (nude) human figure; 'Corpo humano' (Ripa) - AA - female human figure
  • 31A2313 standing on one leg

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02.12.2019