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Love Turning the World, 1881

Auguste Rodin
French, 1840 - 1917
drypoint with plate tone on japan paper
30.8 x 41.3 cm irregular; plate: 20.3 x 25.3 cm irregular
Purchased 1923
National Gallery of Canada (no. 2958)

Rodin, the celebrated sculptor, also executed a limited number of prints. This drypoint and "Allegory of Spring" (NGC 2960) relate to the period in the early 1880s when he worked as a ceramic decorator for the Sèvres porcelain factory. With its lyrical theme and flying putti supporting a globe ringed with astrological signs, "Love Turning the World" recalls the allegorical sensibility of the "ancien régime" and is likely related to an unrealized idea for ceramic decoration. Tension between tradition and modernity emerges in the way the scene is rendered with the sketchy black-and-white strokes of the drypoint needle, revealing the influence of the etching revival. There is also a suggestion of uncertainty as the globe overwhelms the putti and is about to topple from its cloud.

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