Youth Triumphant (La jeneusse triomphante)

Auguste Rodin1894

Reading Public Museum

Reading Public Museum
Reading, United States

This enigmatic composition by master sculptor Rodin was first exhibited at the 1896 Salon and show the aged figure of the Helmetmaker’s wife with a young girl in her lap. The exact meaning of the coupling is not clear. It could represent the recognition of the inevitability of mortality — the young seeking to stop aging — to stay light hearted, beautiful and carefree.


  • Title: Youth Triumphant (La jeneusse triomphante)
  • Creator: Auguste Rodin
  • Date Created: 1894
  • Physical Dimensions: 20.75"
  • Type: sculpture
  • Medium: bronze
  • Culture: French
  • Credit Line: Gift, Ferdinand Thun and Henry Janssen
  • Creator Death Date: 1917
  • Creator Birth Date: 1840

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