Nicholas Sinclair, photograph of Eve, 2006    Iraida Icaza, photograph of Eve, 2006

 

Rodin: All about Eve

23 September - 19 November 2006

'Again and again in his figures Rodin returned to this bending inward,
to this intense listening to one's own depth.'
Rainer Maria Rilke

 

This autumn, to coincide with the Royal Academy's major Rodin exhibition, we bring Rodin's sculpture of Eve to Cambridge. The work of the famed French sculptor, Auguste Rodin is admired for its realism, beauty and psychological intensity and Eve shows the sculptor at his most profound.

Rodin's Eve is not the temptress picking the apple from the Tree of Knowledge, but Eve after the Fall. Perhaps in today's world there is a timeliness in looking again at Rodin's sculpture and reflecting on Eve's plight.

His model was, supposedly, one of two Italian sisters: 'The dark one had sunburned skin, warm, with the bronze reflections of the women of sunny lands; her movements were quick and feline, with the lissomeness and grace of a panther; all the strength and splendour of muscular beauty, and that perfect equilibrium, that simplicity of bearing that makes great gesture.'

All about Eve looks at this sculpture, with two life-size bronzes and one smaller version, each in a different space. The sculptures are seen along with remarkable photographs taken for Rodin and newly commissioned photographs by Iraida Icaza and Nicholas Sinclair. Other photographs by Icaza and Sinclair can be seen in the house, between 14.00 and 16.00.

Visitors are welcome to draw in the gallery, drawing materials will be available.


The exhibition is supported by John and Jennifer Talbot and The Henry Moore Foundation