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passionate love of Francesca da Rimini and Paolo
Malatesta was a theme which Rodin used to inspire
The Kiss. Although it was originally intended
to be part of the Gates of Hell, Rodin did not
feel that it fit and removed the figures to make
them an individual statue. The form of the lovers
emerges from the highlights and shadows of the
statue. Light and shade were used by Rodin to
create an impression of actuality. He did with
modeling that which his contemporaries, the French
impressionist painters, were doing with pigment.
Notice the convulsive contraction of the toes
on the man's right foot and the tenseness of his
hand in contrast to the woman's thigh. Such details
reveal much of the passion that inflames the lovers,
but they reveal it with taste and refinement.
Wrote the poet Rainer Maria Rilke of this masterpiece:
“One has the impression of seeing the delight
of this kiss all over these bodies; it is like
a sun which rises and its light is everywhere.”
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