In 1877 Doré exhibited a sculpture at the Salon for the first time – a monumental plaster version of the group seen here. From the original model the artist produced a mid-sized version in terracotta, which was subsequently cast in bronze. The work brings together the Greek divinity Atropos, resp-onsible for cutting the thread of life, and Eros, the god of love. At one point the artist considered making the group part of a monument to Alfred de Musset. The original iconography of the piece would have perfectly reflected the amorous torments suffered by the author of Les Caprices de Marianne.