The Succubus (sculpture)

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The Succubus
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ArtistAuguste Rodin
MediumBronze with dark brown and green patina
LocationMuseo Soumaya, Mexico City

The Succubus is a bronze sculpture with a green and dark brown patina. It was originally conceived in 1889 by the French artist Auguste Rodin as part of a set of works showing sirens and Nereids. It later formed part of his state-commissioned monument to Victor Hugo.[1] It is now in the Museo Soumaya in Mexico City.

It shows a succubus, a demon taking on female form to deceive and seduce human men. The figure kneels in a feline posture, evoking medieval associations between cats and the forces of darkness.[1] She is beautiful and her eyes are closed, but her mouth is open and screaming.[1]


  1. ^ a b c The Age of Rodin (1st edition). México, D.F.: Fundación Carlos Slim. 2007. p. 97. ISBN 9789687794365.