Story of a Masterpiece: The Kiss



This video charts the fascinating history of a work once so unloved that it lay hidden in a stable block only to re-emerge many years later as one of the most popular icons in the Tate collection. Rodin’s marble sculpture The Kiss 1900–4, currently on show at Tate Modern, is one of three versions that exists. It was commissioned by American collector Edward Perry Warren, who lived in Lewes House, Sussex. But while the French public celebrated Rodin and his work, when The Kiss first went on show in Britain in 1914 it met with outrage.