Eve before sin by Eugène Delaplanche
Eve before sin, as well as her youthful counterpart Eve after sin, are among the most recognized works of Delaplanche. The title of these sculptures suggests a chronology which is however opposite in relation to the real time of the creation of the works. Indeed, Delaplanche realized the plaster for Eve after sin in Rome at the Ville Medici and presented it, as a submission of last year, to the Salon in 1869. The marble, now kept in the musée d’Orsay was exhibited at the Salon of the following year.
At the end of his career, Delaplanche sculpted Eve before sin after his own work of youth. The plaster model was exhibited at the Salon of 1890 (No. 3763). The marble statue, purchased by the musée du Luxembourg and now in the musée d’Orsay, was exhibited at the Salon of 1891 (No. 2442) after the death of the artist. The glyptotheque of Copenhagen retains the original plaster model exhibited at the Salon in 1890, as well as the small wax sketch.