The Kiss (Paolo and Francesca)

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Auguste Rodin (French, 1840–1917)
The Kiss (Paolo and Francesca), 1886
Painted plaster cast from clay original
34 × 20 1/2 × 23 1/4 in. (86.36 × 52.07 × 59.06 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Will Ross in memory of her husband M1966.117
Photo credit: Larry Sanders
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Auguste Rodin is one of the greatest sculptors of all time. His most productive period, 1880-1900, coincided with the rise of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism-avant-garde styles and aesthetic attitudes that dramatically influenced his own art. The Kiss illustrates the story of Francesca da Rimini and her husband's brother, Paolo Malatesta, two star-crossed lovers condemned to Dante's hell for their forbidden passion.

Publication History
Andera, Margaret, Nonie Gadsden, Britt Salvesen, and Laurie Winters. Collection Guide: Milwaukee Art Museum. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Milwaukee Art Museum, 2004, pp. 23, 69, cat. 31, color illus. p. 23.

Milwaukee Art Museum. Building a Masterpiece: Milwaukee Art Museum. New York: Hudson Hill Press, 2001, p. 92, color illus.

Milwaukee Art Museum. 1888: Frederick Layton and His World. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Milwaukee Art Museum, 1988, p. 144-145, cat. 55, b/w illus. p. 145.

Goldstein, Rosalie, ed. Guide to the Permanent Collection. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Milwaukee Art Museum, 1986, p. 94-95, b/w illus. p. 95.

Wasserman, Jeanne L. Metamorphoses in Nineteenth-Century Sculpture. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Fogg Art Museum, 1975, p. 169-170, illus. p. 168.

Catalogue du Musée Rodin. Paris: Musée Rodin, 1929, no. 114.

Bénédite, Léonce. Rodin. Paris: F. Rieder & cie, 1926.

Maillard, Léon. Auguste Rodin, statuaire: études sur quelques artistes originaux. Paris: H. Floury, 1899, p. 6-7, b/w plate.

Exposition Generale des Beaux Arts. Brussels, Belgium, 1887, p. 103, cat. 691.
Exhibition History
1888: Frederick Layton and His World, Milwaukee Art Museum, April 8–August 28, 1988.

Exposition Generale des Beaux Arts, Brussels, Belgium, 1887.

This information is subject to change as the result of ongoing research.