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Provenance

Acquired possibly 1905 from the artist by Mr. and Mrs. John W. Simpson, New York;[1] gift 1942 to NGA.

Exhibition History
1946
Rodin: Sculpture, Drawings, Prints, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1946, no. 17, as Man and Woman.
1965
Wax Sculptures by Degas, Sculptures and Drawings by Rodin, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1965-1966, no cat.
1981
Rodin Rediscovered, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1981-1982, no. 79, as Embracing Couple.
Bibliography
1965
Summary Catalogue of European Paintings and Sculpture. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1965: 169, as Study for "The Lovers," Gates of Hell.
1967
Spear, Athena Tacha. Rodin Sculpture in the Cleveland Museum of Art. Cleveland, 1967: 63, 99-100.
1968
European Paintings and Sculpture, Illustrations. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1968: 148, repro., as Study for "The Lovers," Gates of Hell.
1976
Frel, Jiri, and Harvey West. Rodin: The Maryhill Collection. Exh. cat. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Washington State University, Pullman. Pullman, 1976: 28-29.
1976
Tancock, John. The Sculpture of Auguste Rodin. Philadelphia, 1976: 228-230.
1977
de Caso, Jacques, and Patricia B. Sanders. Rodin's Sculpture: A Critical Study of the Spreckels Collection. San Francisco, 1977: 178-183.
1994
Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1994: 204, repro.
1995
Le Normand-Romain, Antoinette. Le Baiser de Rodin. Exh. cat. Musée Rodin, Paris, 1995: 15-16, 66-67.
2000
Butler, Ruth, and Suzanne Glover Lindsay, with Alison Luchs, Douglas Lewis, Cynthia J. Mills, and Jeffrey Weidman. European Sculpture of the Nineteenth Century. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue. Washington, D.C., 2000: 335, 337-338, color repro.