Rodin and Eros

Rodin & Eros

  1. Pascal Bonafoux
  • ISBN 9780500239001
  • 20.00 x 17.00 cm
  • PLC (with jacket)
  • 272pp
  • 156 Illustrations, 140 in colour
  • First published 2013
‘A beautifully produced book, filled with high quality photographs of Rodin’s sculptures and drawings’ – Art of England

The theme of the erotic is ever present in the work of Auguste Rodin

Throughout his career, both in his sculptures and in his many drawings, he depicted sexual desire in every mood from delicate innocence to frank intensity, bearing witness to an endless fascination with the flesh and a love of the female form.

In a 1916 interview, Rodin spoke out against his critics: ‘They protest against the immorality of my work, they criticize me for loving women … But they are incapable of understanding what I do.’ This witty and perceptive book, packed with beautiful images, sheds new light on this intriguing aspect of the artist’s world and his skill at capturing the fleeting nature of pleasure in timeless art.

Taking a chronological path through Rodin’s career, this is an intimate approach to the many faces of sex and sensuality in his body of work and in the society within which his art was forged. The text discusses his relationships with women, his friendships with poets and artists, and the controversy that his sculptures caused in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when French society was marked by a hypocritical disparity between public morals and private desires.

Pascal Bonafoux is a French writer and art historian, whose books include Van Gogh: The Passionate Eye and Rembrandt: Substance and Shadow.