Gorilla Carrying off a Woman  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Gorilla Carrying off a Woman [1] (1887, Gorille enlevant une femme) is a sculpture by French artist Emmanuel Frémiet. Although Gorilla won Frémiet a medal of honour at the Salon of 1887, this work now evokes ridicule for its depiction of a gorilla abducting a nude woman, presumably with the intention of raping her - something totally alien to actual gorilla behaviour. Nonetheless, this act somehow caught the public's imagination as witnessed by the repeated popularity of the King Kong theme, which is in itself an elaboration on the beauty and the beast motif.

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