This expressive sculpture of two lovers is almost Baroque in style. It rapidly became one of Rodin’s most popular works. Multiple bronze and marble versions were created. Rodin probably designed the image for his famous Gates of Hell which explains the frontal composition. The lovers exude the joy Rodin experienced during the first years of his relationship with Camille Claudel as does the renowned sculpture ‘The Kiss’. At that time, he discovered, as he put it, how much the combination of physical attraction and mental compatibility could mean to a man.