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.