Gustave Doré

Fate and Love

1877
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.
Title
Fate and Love
Date
1877
Medium
Sculpture
Materials
patinated bronze
Dimensions
101 x 61 x 61 cm
Nationality
French
Credit line
Gift of Alfred and Ingrid Lenz Harrison, Wayzata, Minnesota, 2014
Accession number
46332