The Torso of Adele was probably created as early as autumn 1880, named after Rodin's favourite model Adèle Abruzzezzi. The plaster shows the upper body as an arc bent backwards, was used for the female character and included in the new composition. Because of its orgiastic connotations, the sculpture is often interpreted as one of Rodin's most appealing homage to female sexuality; it is also one of his rare works whose title remained connected to the person of a model.

The arched position of the torso and the absence of limbs highlight the voluptuousness of the form. The model, Adèle Abruzzesi, was one of Rodin’s favorites. This sensual torso can also be seen in Eternal Spring.