Auguste Rodin ( French, 1840 - 1917 )

c. 1885
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General Description

The sinuous body of the Danaid curves over the rock onto which she has thrown herself in despair. Water flows from the jar resting beside her. The Danaid is one of fifty daughters of King Danaus of Argos condemned for eternity to fill leaky vessels with water in punishment for killing their husbands. Creating a uniquely dynamic pose, Auguste Rodin captured a form not usually seen; the woman's back commands more prominence than her face.

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Heather MacDonald, DMA label copy, 2008.

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