Museum Folkwang
Ève
  • Auguste Rodin
  • Ève, around 1881

  • Eve
  • Bronze
  • 174 x 38,5 x 64 cm
  • Acquired in 1904 for the Museum Folkwang, Hagen, since 1922 Essen
  • Inv. P 61
  • CommentaryTo the universe of the monumental work complex of ›Hell’s Gate‹ also belong the figures of Adam and Eve, who were originally to be placed to the left and right of the gate. »The head sinks deeply into the dark of the arm, which is drawn over the breast as if to protect from the cold. The back is rounded, the neck almost horizontal, the stance bent forward as if eavesdropping on her own body in which a strange future begins to stir. And it seems that the gravity of this future weighs on the mind of the woman, dragging her down from her careless life in the deeply humbling servitude of motherhood.« (Rainer Maria Rilke) Rodin intentionally portrays Eve not as a sensual seducer, but in her role as ur-mother of humanity. He therefore chose not to include the apple from the tree of knowledge or the snake. Rodin shows the figure of Eve in her isolation after their expulsion from paradise – the beginning of her human existence. Eve’s stance is an expression of her awareness of her own nakedness, avoiding with shame the gazes directed towards her.
  • Provenance1904, Künstler
    1904 - 1922, Kauf vom Künstler, Museum Folkwang, Hagen
    1922, Kauf, Museum Folkwang, Essen
  • Obj_Id: 3,618
  • Obj_Internet_S: ja
  • Obj_Ownership_S (Verantw):Painting, Sculpture, Media Art
  • Obj_SpareNField01_N (Verantw): 188
  • Obj_Creditline_S: Museum Folkwang, Essen, Skulpturensammlung
  • Obj_Title1_S: Ève
  • Obj_Title2_S: Eve
  • Obj_PartDescription_S (Titelerg):
  • Obj_SpareMField01_M (Alle Titel): Ève Eve Ève Eva
  • Obj_Dating_S: around 1881
  • Jahr von: 1,880
  • Jahr bis: 1,882
  • Obj_IdentNr_S: P 61
  • Obj_IdentNrSort_S: P 0061
  • Obj_Classification_S (Objtyp): Sculpture
  • Obj_Crate_S: 174 x 38,5 x 64 cm
  • Obj_Material_S: Bronze
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  • Obj_SpareSField01_S (Mat./Tech.): Bronze
  • Obj_AccNote_S (Erwerb): Acquired in 1904 for the Museum Folkwang, Hagen, since 1922 Essen
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  • Obj_Rights_S: © Museum Folkwang, Essen
Commentary
Artists
Provenance

To the universe of the monumental work complex of ›Hell’s Gate‹ also belong the figures of Adam and Eve, who were originally to be placed to the left and right of the gate. »The head sinks deeply into the dark of the arm, which is drawn over the breast as if to protect from the cold. The back is rounded, the neck almost horizontal, the stance bent forward as if eavesdropping on her own body in which a strange future begins to stir. And it seems that the gravity of this future weighs on the mind of the woman, dragging her down from her careless life in the deeply humbling servitude of motherhood.« (Rainer Maria Rilke) Rodin intentionally portrays Eve not as a sensual seducer, but in her role as ur-mother of humanity. He therefore chose not to include the apple from the tree of knowledge or the snake. Rodin shows the figure of Eve in her isolation after their expulsion from paradise – the beginning of her human existence. Eve’s stance is an expression of her awareness of her own nakedness, avoiding with shame the gazes directed towards her.