Skip to contentSkip to navigation
Become a Member
Explore today's schedule
Visit MMFA for free by becoming a Member
Learn more
Back
Currently shown
Pierre-Eugène-Émile Hébert

Forever!! Never!!

Artist

Pierre-Eugène-Émile Hébert
Paris 1828 – Paris 1893

Title

Forever!! Never!!

Date

About 1860

Materials

Terracotta

Dimensions

83 x 31 x 34.5 cm

Publisher

Model at the 1859 Salon, Paris

Credits

Purchase, the Museum Campaign 1988-1993 Fund, inv. 2008.97

Collection

Western Art

Taught by his father, the sculptor Feuchère, Hébert pursued an unremarkable career, creating various series of bronze figures and public commissions. One of his more enigmatic works, however, almost made him famous: Forever!! Never!! caused a sensation at the Salon of 1859 in Paris. His model, singled out by all the most influential critics, is the subject of a long review by Baudelaire. Is it a memento mori in the tradition of the Middle Ages, cruel Death carrying a beautiful young woman away to the grave? Is it the kiss of two lovers finally reunited in death? The image remains mysterious, fascinating in the semantic tension between terror and pleasure in the conjoined bodies.

Add a touch of culture to your inbox
Subscribe to the Museum newsletter

Bourgie Hall Newsletter sign up

This website uses cookies in order to optimize your browsing experience and for promotional purposes. To learn more, please see our policy on the protection of personal Iinformation