Eve statue is a reproduction in a small scale of a part of Rodin’s Sculpture The Gate of Hell.
In 1880, Rodin was commissioned to design the main doors for the new museum of the Decorative Arts. It was agreed that the bronze doors would feature bas-reliefs based on Dante’s Divine Comedy. These ‘Gates of Hell’ would be flanked by two life-sized figures: Adam and Eve. Rodin created multiple studies for Eve statue, but none of these were used to accompany the gates. The model on which the sculpture was based was the Italian Madame Abruzzezzi. She proved to be pregnant when she posed and when this became visible Rodin was furious. From then on he banned his assistants from having intimate relations with the models at his studio.
Auguste Rodin was a French sculptor who exhibited a unique talent to capture the extreme depths of human emotion. Although he didn't study at the prestigious École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, he found inspiration in sculptural traditions.
A majority of his criticism was due to his departure from highly decorative and thematic traditions. He preferred forms that were true to nature and took Michelangelo and Da Vinci as prime influences. Despite the controversy that surrounded his art, he refused to change his style, sticking to his vision until the end of his days.
His most famous piece of Art, The Thinker, was originally part of a larger vision. Along with The Kiss and Gates of Hell, Rodin tried to encapsulate Dante’s Inferno in bronze.
Eventually, the sculptor earned fame thanks to his unexpected realism and use of unconventional materials. Throughout his later life, he remains one of the greatest artists of his era.