Here we see a personal and private expression of emotion in an intensely felt interpretation of Eve's shame and modesty. The life-size bronze figure turns in on herself and is closed, still, and rooted in the earth. Like the Thinker, Eve was one of the figures associated with the Gates of Hell.
Artist Auguste Rodin, French, 1840-1917
Foundry Alexis Rudier Foundry, French, 1874 - 1952
  • Eve
Date 1881
Medium bronze
Dimensions Overall: 68 1/2 × 21 × 24 inches (174 × 53.3 × 61 cm)
Credit Line Founders Society Purchase, General Membership Fund
Accession Number 53.145
Department European Sculpture and Dec Arts
On View Modern C235, Level 2 (see map)
Signed Signed, on base: A Rodin.
Inscriptions Inscribed, on base: Rudier, fondeur, Paris.
Alexis Rudier (Paris, France);
1953-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Bulletin of the DIA 33, 1 (1953-1954): p. 14 (ill.).

Aubert, M. Rodin. Paris,1952 (pl. 21).

Tancock, John L. The Sculpture of Auguste Rodin. Philadelphia, 1976, pp. 148-157. [Detroit cast cited on p. 156]