Auguste Rodin, 'Cupid and Psyche'

Auguste Rodin, 'Cupid and Psyche'

Auguste Rodin (1840-1917)
'Cupid and Psyche'
About 1908
Marble
Height 66 cm
Museum no. A.49-1914
Given by the artist

This sculpture developed from one of the groups in The Gates of Hell. Rodin explored the subject over a number of years, the earliest dating from before 1886, and produced it in several other versions, as well as drawing it repeatedly.

This marble version was probably carved by his trusted assistants and technicians, under his supervision, as was normal workshop practice at the time. The contrast of the rough-hewn rock with the smooth surface of the figures indicates Rodin's admiration for the work of Michelangelo.