Rodin’s works, especially The Gates of Hell, inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy, include a throng of damned figures: Grief-Stricken Damned Woman, Thunderstruck Damned Woman, a group of two Damned Women… Originally designed for The Gates of Hell, these figures would subsequently lead independent lives after being reproduced or cast separately.
The figure of the Damned Woman shown here, with a sketchily modelled face similar to that of the Sphinx, seems to be twisting her upper body around. This highly Michelangelesque sculpture, sometimes called The Wave, is a variant of the male nude known as The Poet.
Rodin decided to exclude the female figure from the infernal regions of The Gates and instead used her in several assemblages. She appeared, in turn, placed vertically, almost in limbo (The Prophetess), in the form of a sea creature (Triton and Nereid) and even equipped with wings, hovering above a composition based on scaled-down models of heads and hands from The Burghers of Calais.
Exploring every direction, Rodin experimented very freely with this small figure, which he placed in the most unexpected positions. These works, which remained in the sculptor’s studio until his death, today appear as precursory signs of his modernity.
Edited by: musée Rodin
Dimensions: H. 16.8 ; W. 23 ; D. 12.5 cm. Weight: about 1.5 kilos.
Cast in the same size as the originals
Material: resin with bronze patina
These reproductions are accompanied by a history of the work.
The symbol and description "Reproduction - musée Rodin" guarantee the authenticity of the reproduction.
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