The Danaïd was executed during a period when Rodin was exploring the female nude in recumbent postures. It was originally conceived to be part of the sculptural commission for the doors of the Musee des Beaux-Arts, The Gates of Hell.
- Crafted in white resin and stone powder - Measures approximately 5.5 inches x 3.5 inches x 2.5 inches - Packaged in a luxury gift box - Includes brochure with information on the work and artist - Item: RO03
Greek mythology tells about Danaid and her forty-nine sisters who married the fifty sons of Aegyptus. Their father, King Danaos, who is in conflict with Aegyptus, orders his daughters to kill their husbands during their wedding night. Their punishment for their horrendous crime was to spend the rest of their lives in the underworld, filling vessels with water that could never be filled. This story gave Rodin the opportunity to visualize the total exhaustion of the female body. The marble stresses the fluent curves and reflects the aestheticism of Art Nouveau.