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Saturday, June 11, 2011

The embrace...

In the drawings and sculptures of his later years, Rodin developed the interplay of two figures embracing.  The blend of eroticism and idealism in his “The Kiss” makes it one of the great images of sexual love. However, Rodin considered it overly traditional, calling it "a sculpted knick-knack following the usual formula".

I can relate to his misgivings, for whenever I attempt to bring two figures together the end result poorly reflects the ardour that I intended.  Somewhere along the way, the passion of the embrace is diminished rather than intensified.

When I was sketching the UK’s Northern Ballet at rehearsal, the English National Ballet staged Derek Deane’s Romeo and Juliet.  The director sent me this photograph of the principal dancers, Thomas Edur and Agnes Oaks. 

From that day to this, I have been sorely tempted to make that striking embrace the starting point for a sculpture…and this time to retain the passionate mood of the moment.


  1. The tilt of the head. The curl of his fingers... Go for it :)

  2. The Kiss is a favorite of mine. I like the photo as well but, for me, it does not evoke the sensual passion captured by Rodin.

  3. Yes just what I thought go for it! Romeo and Juliet was the very first production I saw of Northern Ballet Theatre and I found it very emotional!