La Danaide
by Rodin - Musee Rodin, Paris
Eight Views (Left to Right rotating the sculpture clockwise)

La Danaide   5-1/2" H x 11" W
Bonded White Marble
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Rodin intended La Danaide to be a panel in his massive work entitled The Gates of Hell, a depiction of those that were condemned to eternal damnation. In Greek mythology Danaide and her forty-nine sisters were married to the fifty sons of Aegyptus. At the command of their father Danaus the fifty daughters murdered their husbands on the first night of their marriage. As punishment for this horrendous crime they were compelled in The Realm of the Dead to fill a container with water but the leading jug could never be filled. Rodin saw the opportunity in this Greek myth of portraying utter exhaustion in a female body, the complete collapse of Danaide from the endless and futile effort of her assignment.

The expressiveness of the human body in all possible positions was a life-long fascination for Rodin. He once more saw the beauty of the female body when he chose to present Danaide in this crumpled position. In his superb modeling of the figure he combined a deep expressiveness with enchanting grace. As his original plan for The Gates of Hell was transformed, he abandoned the original intention to include the statue and, like Le Baiser also intended for "The Gates," he exhibited it as a separate piece. It is thought that Camille Claudel posed for this statue which was created in 1885.