Rose went as a countrygirl to Paris to start work as seamstress in one of the many workshops. It was there where she met Rodin and, in his own words, ‘clasped to him like an animal’. Two years later she gave birth to a son, who was never acknowledged by the father. She remained his partner for over 50 years and only married him in 1917, a few days before she died. Rose was a lifelong stable factor in the background for Rodin. She was not a part of his social life though and had to put up with a lot. She regularly sat model, among onthers for the Bachante. The subtle portrait becomes even more fascinating, especially when you keep in mind the later role she played in Rodin’s life.