Kiss… alluring, intoxicating, gentle, long-awaited. There are plenty of epithets for him. Since the time of Plato, people have been puzzled by the question of why lovers like to kiss so much. There is something sacred in the action itself, it was precisely this mystery and unstoppable passion that Rene Francois Roden managed to convey in the sculptural composition “Kiss”. The height of the original sculpture is 181 cm. Later, more than 300 copies were made of various materials and of various sizes, but the original is truly beautiful, elegant and plastic.
Marble bodies frankly enjoy communication, passionately clinging to each other. We see how beautiful and natural the female body is: soft forms, wonderful girlish breasts, excited buttons-nipples. The hands of a woman in love are wrapped around the neck of a man, we feel how her whole body moves towards a friend.
The man seems to be more restrained, his figure is strong and muscular, but the forms are incredibly fluid and smooth. The male figure of the posanist, confident, beautiful strong hands embrace the body of a woman, it seems as if the hands are protecting the woman. However, the lips of young people do not touch, until the cherished moment – just a moment.
The composition is imbued with subtle poetry. Looking at the sculptural group, you understand that they are sensual, full of soft lyricism, clear harmony with the world and with themselves. Their feelings are so clearly embodied in marble that originally due to excessive eroticism for the US public of the late 19th century, it was exhibited in a separate room and in order to see it, it was necessary to make a request.
Roden is the founder of Impressionism in sculpture, he manages to convey the birth of feeling in cold material. Under the skillful hands of the master stone turns into a living body, which can endlessly admire. There are no extra details. Roden managed to create living bodies with the help of the delightful curves of lines, plasticity, the play of light, which are capable of transmitting the vibration of feelings to the viewer.