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Two young nude figures meet in kiss. Her legs graze the ground and her upper body is held in a taut arc and supported by the embrace of the male figure. He is posed precariously on the edge of a rocky mound, crossing his legs, extending his left foot beyond the sculpture base and his left arm...

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On proper left: à ma chere cousine Henriette Coltat, affectueux souvenir, A. Rodin. On back left: Alexis Rudier/Fondeur Paris


About 1916-1917, cast by Rodin for his cousin, Henriette Coltat, Paris. 1922, Musée Rodin, Paris; 1922, sold by Musée Rodin to Mario Garcia Menocal (b. 1866 - d. 1941), 3rd President of Cuba. 1971, Antique Porcelain Company, New York (stock no. 9702); June 11, 1971, sold by the Antique Porcelain Company to William A. Coolidge (d. 1992), Topsfield and Cambridge, MA; 1993, bequest of William A. Coolidge to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 27, 1993)

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Bequest of William A. Coolidge

French, modeled about 1881; cast about 1916–17

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62.86 cm (24 3/4 in.)

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Metal; bronze