The Kiss originally represented Paolo and Francesca, two characters from Dante's Inferno. Auguste Rodin tranformed this couple into an independent work and exhibited it in 1887. The fluid, smooth modelling, the very dynamic composition and the charming theme made this sculpture an instant success. Since no anecdotal detail identified the lovers, the public called it The Kiss, an abstract title that expressed its universal character very well. Measures 9 x 5.75 x 5.5 in.