The Eternal Idol Sculpture by Auguste Rodin (1889). Female beauty constituted Rodin's principal source of inspiration. As far as the subject and composition are concerned, he seems to have been influenced by the sculpture 'Sakountala' that Camille Claudel had modeled some years earlier. The writer Rainer Maria Rilke wrote the following about the Eternal Idol: always the same - enchanting strength - you dare not assign a single meaning to it (as is so often the case with Rodin). It has thousands of meanings. Rodin (1840-1917). For a long time the life of Rodin was marked by the mixed reactions his work provoked with the audience. The lack of understanding for Rodin's work was partly due to the original character of his art. He felt little for the strict formats of Romanticism and neither did he want to identify himself with the neutrality of the Impressionists. Rodin's work is characterized by a passion for the human body and he considered himself incapable of any creativity if he did not have a living model in front of him. 'In everything I follow nature and I never pretend I am able to control her. My only ambition is to be subservient and faithful to her'. Camille Claudel was an inspiration for a lot of hos works, this self-willed, fierce woman, was a very talented sculptor in her own right and inspired Rodin to create his most famous and admired sculptures. The affair continued for a long time, although Camille had to put up with Rodin's numerous affaires and his loyal companion Rose Beuret. Eventually, the affair ended and Camille suffered the dramatic consequences of this split. This wonderful Rodin Sculpture would be addition to your discerning gallery or as a meaningful gift, cast in a quality designer resin to be virtually indistinguishable from the museum originals.