- Presented by the New Zealand Government from the New Zealand Fund in France For Cultural Development, 1964
- 320 x 228 x 228mm
One of the most significant sculptors of his generation, Auguste Rodin revelled in the tactile qualities of the clay or wax he used to form the sculptures from which his castings were taken. The human body was of great interest to Rodin and here he explores the sensuality and intimacy of the lovers’ forms. Rodin completed several versions of this subject in varying mediums and sizes.
(New Dawn Fades, November 2018)
We'd like to think that we know the Christchurch Art Gallery collection inside-out, and generally speaking, we do.
On 16 April 2011, Mary Kisler spoke about some of her favourite works in the Gallery on Kim Hill's Saturday morning radio programme on Radio New Zealand National.
See the works she selected here.
"One day, from up on the scaffolding where I was working on the Burghers of Calais, I noticed Rodin, who between some scenes, was doing a nude sculpture, for which the model was a young woman, stretched out on the table. As the session was drawing to a close, he bent over toward the woman and kissed her tenderly on her belly - a gesture of adoration of nature, which gave him so much joy."