The National Museum of Western Art

update 20 December 2019

on display Permanent collection

Auguste Rodin [Paris, 1840 - Meudon, 1917]

Fugit Amor (Fugitive Love)

DateBefore 1887
Size (cm)36 x 45 x 20
InscriptionsSigned back of base: A. Rodin, Foundry mark front of base: Alexis. Rudier / Fondeur. PARIS
Credit LineMatsukata Collection
Standard ref.M1270
Collection NumberS.1959-0022
Fugit Amor (Fugitive Love)
Photo by (c) Norihiro Ueno

"Fugit amor" is the Latin for fugitive or transient love. The young woman has both hands raised against her head. The man is facing upward in an awkward position as if about to slide off the woman's back and is desperately draining his arms around the woman's breast. Together they symbolize love that disappears in vain, a sound love that is yearned after and yet eternally unattainable, and the absolute truth or beauty that can never be obtained. This couple is identifiable in two sections of the right door of "The Gates of Hell". (Source: The Digital Gallery. 1999-2006)


Kojiro Matsukata; Sequestered by the French Government, 1944; Returned to Japan, 1959.

Exhibition History

The Masterpieces of the Ex-Matsukata Collection, National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 14 May 1960 - 10 July 1960, S-22
Rodin, National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 23 July 1966 - 11 September 1966, cat. no. 30
[Tour Exhibition] Rodin, The Kurayoshi Museum, 13 May 1988 - 12 June 1988, cat. no. 17
Rodin et la Porte de l’Enfer (Rodin and the Gates of Hell), National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 21 October 1989 - 17 December 1989, cat. no. 53
Rodin: Selected Works from National Museum of Western Art, Yorozu Tetsugoro Memorial Museum, Towacho, 10 October 1996 - 17 November 1996, cat. no. 21
Gods and Nature: The Essence of European Art from the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, Himeji City Museum of Art, 4 November 2007 - 2 December 2007, cat. no. 43
Gods and Nature: The Essence of European Art from the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, Matsumoto City Museum of Art, 11 December 2007 - 3 February 2008, cat. no. 43
Traces of Hands: Sculpture and Drawings by Rodin and Bourdelle from the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 3 November 2012 - 27 January 2013, cat. no. 42
Japan's Love for Impressionism: From Monet to Renoir, Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, 8 October 2015 - 21 February 2016, cat. no. 93, col. repr.
[Prints and Drawings Exhibition] Getting to the Gates of Hell: Rodin's Album Fenaille Drawings for Dante's Divine Comedy, The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, Prints and Drawings Gallery, 21 October 2017 - 28 January 2018, cat. no. 131
[Traveling Exhibitions Presenting National Art Museum Collections, Fiscal 2017] Muse: Women before the Artists' Eyes: From the Collection of the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, Fukushima Prefectural Museum of Art, 22 April 2017 - 2 July 2017, Akita Museum of Modern Art, 15 July-18 September, cat. no. 69


The Old Matsukata Collection. Kobe City Museum, ed. Kobe, "Matsukata Korekushon Ten" Jikkoiinkai, 1990, cat. no. S-36.
The Matsukata Collection: Complete Catalogue of the European Art. Kawaguchi, Masako; Jingaoka, Megumi, eds. vol. 2: Sculpture, Drawings, Prints and Decorative Arts and Other Works, Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 2019, cat. no. 1270, col. repr.

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