• Le Baiser (The Kiss), 4th Reduction - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Le Baiser (The Kiss), 4th Reduction - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Le Baiser (The Kiss), 4th Reduction - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Le Baiser (The Kiss), 4th Reduction - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Le Baiser (The Kiss), 4th Reduction - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Le Baiser (The Kiss), 4th Reduction - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Le Baiser (The Kiss), 4th Reduction - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Le Baiser (The Kiss), 4th Reduction - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Le Baiser (The Kiss), 4th Reduction - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Le Baiser (The Kiss), 4th Reduction - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Le Baiser (The Kiss), 4th Reduction - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Le Baiser (The Kiss), 4th Reduction - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Le Baiser (The Kiss), 4th Reduction - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Le Baiser (The Kiss), 4th Reduction - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Le Baiser (The Kiss), 4th Reduction - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Le Baiser (The Kiss), 4th Reduction - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Le Baiser (The Kiss), 4th Reduction - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
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Le Baiser (The Kiss), 4th Reduction

Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

Signed Rodin
Inscribed F. Barbedienne Foundeur
Bronze with rich brown patina
Height: 10" (25.2 cm)

Conceived in 1886. This examples was cast in May 1914
The Comité Rodin states that between 93 and 103 examples were cast between 1898 and 1918


Conceived in 1886, this reduction conceived 1898. This example cast during the artist’s lifetime. The Barbedienne foundry cast between ninety three and one hundred and three casts of this model in this size between 1898 and 1918. Rodin agreed a ten year contract for the Barbedienne foundry to produce an unlimited edition of the model in 1898. The foundry produced four sizes of this model, 72cm, 60cm, 40cm and 25cm.

The Kiss is one of Auguste Rodin’s most famous sculptures. It was originally conceived as part of The Gates of Hell and first exhibited as an independent group in 1887 in both Paris and Brussels. In 1898 Rodin exhibited a lifesize marble at the Salon de la Société National des Beaux-Arts.

The Kiss was initially intended to represent the tragic love story of Paolo and Francesca. Dante’s Inferno tells the passionate tale of the young lovers Paolo and Francesca da Rimini who were tragically condemned to hell for their illicit love. Francesca, daughter of an important citizen of Polenta, had been forced to marry Gianciotto, the deformed son of the Lord of Rimini. It was a loveless marriage and before long the young bride fell desperately in love with Gianciotto’s younger brother, Paolo. They became lovers, but tragedy struck when Francesca’s husband discovered them and immediately stabbed the pair to death. The pair descended to hell, eternally damned.

Rodin’s depiction of the embracing lovers met with a mixed reception during his lifetime. Five years before it was rapturously received at the Salon de la Société National des Beaux- Arts, the sculpture was selected to be part of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. On arrival, the work was relegated to an inner chamber at the fair as it was considered unsuitable for general display and only a select few were admitted to view it. Eleven years later, the life-size marble, now in the collection of the Tate Gallery, was loaned for public display to a town hall in Sussex. Local residents quickly covered it in drapes concerned that it would encourage the ardour of soldiers billeted in the town.

Today, with its blend of eroticism and idealism, The Kiss is considered an iconic image of love and passion and is one of the world’s most recognisable sculptures.

Masterpiece London 2019

June 25, 2019 - July 3, 2019

Masterpiece London 2019 June 25, 2019 - July 3, 2019

Disc I  - Emily Young, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Disc I


Emily Young

(British, Born 1951)

Disc II - Emily Young, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Disc II


Emily Young

(British, Born 1951)

Small Quartzite Head - Emily Young, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Small Quartzite Head


Emily Young

(British, Born 1951)

Demeure - Yves Dana, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Demeure


Yves Dana

(Swiss, contemporary)

Antérieur - Yves Dana, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Antérieur


Yves Dana

(Swiss, contemporary)

Stèle - Yves Dana, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Stèle


Yves Dana

(Swiss, contemporary)

Mother and Child: Petal Skirt - Henry Moore, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Mother and Child: Petal Skirt


Henry Moore

(English, 1898-1986)

Le Penseur (The Thinker), Petit Modèle - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Le Penseur (The Thinker), Petit Modèle


Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

Danaide, petit modèle, version type III  - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Danaide, petit modèle, version type III


Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

Les Contes de I’incroyable Amour - Yves Dana, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Les Contes de I’incroyable Amour


Yves Dana

(Swiss, contemporary)

Désespoir de la Porte (Despair, from the Gates of Hell) - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Désespoir de la Porte (Despair, from ...


Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

Victory - Sir Alfred Gilbert, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Victory


Sir Alfred Gilbert

(British, 1854-1934)

Perseus Arming - Sir Alfred Gilbert, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Perseus Arming


Sir Alfred Gilbert

(British, 1854-1934)

Mouvement de danse F - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Mouvement de danse F


Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

Mouvement de danse E - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Mouvement de danse E


Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

Dreaming - Gerald Laing, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Dreaming


Gerald Laing

(UK, 1936-2011)

Solar Disc (Small) - Emily Young, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Solar Disc (Small)


Emily Young

(British, Born 1951)

Maquette for Screen at New Custom House, Heathrow Airport - Robert Adams, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Maquette for Screen at New Custom Hou...


Robert Adams

(British, 1917-1984)

Small Seated Figure - Henry Moore, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Small Seated Figure


Henry Moore

(English, 1898-1986)

 Blue Sea Head - Emily Young, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Blue Sea Head


Emily Young

(British, Born 1951)

Green Lake Head - Emily Young, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Green Lake Head


Emily Young

(British, Born 1951)

Galina  VIII - Gerald Laing, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Galina VIII


Gerald Laing

(UK, 1936-2011)

Bronze 88 - Hanneke Beaumont, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Bronze 88


Hanneke Beaumont

(Belgian, Contemporary)

Bronze 87 - Hanneke Beaumont, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Bronze 87


Hanneke Beaumont

(Belgian, Contemporary)

Nijinsky - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Nijinsky


Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

Femme Assise (Seated Woman) - Pablo Picasso, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Femme Assise (Seated Woman)


Pablo Picasso

(Spanish, 1881-1973)

Small Ajuba Goddess Torso II - Emily Young, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Small Ajuba Goddess Torso II


Emily Young

(British, Born 1951)

Pale Onyx Torso II - Emily Young, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Pale Onyx Torso II


Emily Young

(British, Born 1951)

Le Baiser (The Kiss), 4th Reduction - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Le Baiser (The Kiss), 4th Reduction


Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)