Despair, Known as Despair from the Gates (Le Désespoir dit de la Porte)
This small female figure pulling one foot up to meet her bowed head appears three times in the right panel of The Gates of Hell. Her acrobatic pose reflects Rodin’s interest in dance, as well as his desire to capture expressive postures not typically seen in academic sculpture.
1880-1889, cast 1959
7 1/4 × 3 1/2 × 3 3/4 in., 2 lb. (18.4 × 8.9 × 9.5 cm, 0.91kg) (show scale)
Back, proper right, bottom: "Georges Rudier/Fondeur. Paris"
Back, bottom: "© by Musée Rodin 1959"
Proper left, bottom: "A. Rodin"
Interior, stamped in raised letters: "A. Rodin"
Gift of the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation
This item is not on view
Auguste Rodin (French, 1840-1917). Despair, Known as Despair from the Gates (Le Désespoir dit de la Porte), 1880-1889, cast 1959. Bronze, 7 1/4 × 3 1/2 × 3 3/4 in., 2 lb. (18.4 × 8.9 × 9.5 cm, 0.91kg). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation, 84.75.2. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 84.75.2_PS2.jpg)
overall, 84.75.2_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
"CUR" at the beginning of an image file name means that the image was created by a curatorial staff member. These study images may be digital point-and-shoot photographs, when we don\'t yet have high-quality studio photography, or they may be scans of older negatives, slides, or photographic prints, providing historical documentation of the object.
You may download and use Brooklyn Museum images of this three-dimensional work in accordance with a Creative Commons license
. Fair use, as understood under the United States Copyright Act, may also apply.
Please include caption information from this page and credit the Brooklyn Museum. If you need a high resolution file, please fill out our online application form
For further information about copyright, we recommend resources at the United States Library of Congress
, Cornell University
, Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums
, and Copyright Watch
For more information about the Museum's rights project, including how rights types are assigned, please see our blog posts on copyright
If you have any information regarding this work and rights to it, please contact email@example.com
Not every record you will find here is complete. More information is available for some works than for others, and some entries have been updated more recently. Records are frequently reviewed and revised, and we welcome
any additional information you might have.