Damned Women (Femmes damnées)
On View: Robert E. Blum Gallery, 1st floor
Rodin combined two female figures that appear separately in The Gates of Hell to create one of his most boldly erotic works. In this sculpture of impassioned lovers, their straining bodies and projecting limbs manifest the experience of physical pleasure. The pejorative title comes from a poem of the same name in Charles Baudelaire’s Flowers of Evil that portrays lesbians as “damned women,” condemned to Hell for their “unnatural” desires.
ca. 1885-before 1890, cast 1979
7 7/8 x 11 1/4 x 5 5/8 in. (20.0 x 28.6 x 14.3 cm) (show scale)
Faint trace of Fonderie de Coubertin stamp
Copyright mark--Back, lower edge: "© by Musée Rodin 1979"
Front, below signature: "No 7"
Gift of the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation
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Auguste Rodin (French, 1840-1917). Damned Women (Femmes damnées), ca. 1885-before 1890, cast 1979. Bronze, 7 7/8 x 11 1/4 x 5 5/8 in. (20.0 x 28.6 x 14.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation, 86.87.4. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 86.87.4_bw_SL3.jpg)
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