Eve is one of Rodin’s best-known and celebrated sculptures. Rodin began working on a life-size study in 1881 but was eventually forced to abandon work on the original model, having struggled to capture the form of his female sitter. He reworked the figure every day until he realised that the model was in fact pregnant and so her pelvic shape was altering continuously throughout the process.
“Without knowing why, I saw my model changing. I modified my contours, naively following the successive transformations of ever-amplifying forms. One day, I learned she was pregnant; then I understood.” (Le Normand-Romain, 2007, p. 345)