A bearded artist kneels reverently in front of his own creation, a dreamy, young female being. Both figures only emerge partially from the rock; the act of creation is not yet finished. The artist is breathing a soul into his invention: shades of Pygmalion as cold stone is laboriously imbued with warm-blooded life. The fragmented form with its philosophical significance and implications of endless toil is a fitting expression for a metaphor of genesis which includes the transient condition of incompleteness. Similar two-figure pieces occur throughout Rodin’s work, demonstrating the complex inter-relationships of antagonism and concurrence, male and female, artist and muse, reverence and devotion, action and contemplation.