Got to spend a wonderful summer afternoon at THE MUSÉE RODIN in Paris walking around rooms filled with works of sculptures and art pieces from Auguste Rodin’s collection! Rodin’s works are found in this classic yet extravagant 18th century château known as the Hôtel Biron lavished with beautiful crystal chandeliers, long glass-paneled windows, and elegant trimmings along the walls and ceilings. Along with the classical architecture of this rocaille decorated château is the garden that is divided into 3 parts: a relaxation terrace area, rose garden, and a large ornamental garden.
Outside view of the château
Vintage chandeliers hanging down from every room
Just another room in the château
Having studied Auguste Rodin’s works in school before definitely made this museum visit a bit more memorable and captivating! Although I have seen his works in bronze and plaster casts at The Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, the feeling is different when you know that you’re looking at the real deal (e.g. it’s like holding a fake Chanel purse and although it looks real and none of your friends know it’s fake…it’s still fake). If you are thinking that the name Auguste Rodin sounds familiar, it’s probably because you’ve heard of or seen his famous works of Gates of Hell and The Thinker.
Gates of Hell
The Thinker!…not quite the thinker in my family.
Auguste Rodin a French sculptor from the 1800s inspired and heavily influenced by the Italian sculptor Michelangelo from the 1400s is known for producing sculptures that are realistic while displaying strong physical characteristics. He was often criticized because his art did not fit the “sculpture tradition,” which was usually very thematic and decorated. Because sculptures are solid, motionless, and irreversible, I feel that sculptors have a hard time satisfying people’s expectations. That isn’t the case with Rodin though…his sculptures show an true expert being able to project and illuminate emotion and passion through the positioning of the body, the body language, and the muscles.
Cathedral Clasping Hands
Monument To Puvis de Chavannes
One of my favorite sculptures, The Kiss, depicts a couple embracing each other tenderly and passionately. This piece was initially first part of Rodin’s Gates of Hell, a sculpture commissioned by Directorate of Fine Arts in 1880 which they wanted him to make for the entrance of Decorative Arts Museum. He then took The Kiss off The Gates of Hell because he said it didn’t match with the rest of gate because all the figures on the gate were shown as “suffering.” The Kiss shows an Italian woman from the 13th century whom gets immortalize because of her affair with her husband’s brother. The husband eventually finds out and kills both of them. Rodin sculpts in such a way that even without showing the face you can see by the body language that the two are intensely in love. With both bodies a little twisted and with the girl’s arm and hand across his face, you get the impression that they are kissing; the fact is that their lips are not even touching. If you ask me, I think the fact that the title’s name is “The Kiss” is pretty deceiving…
Anyways, here are some other pictures from the rest of the day. Enjoys!
It’s not an outdated cellphone…the audio tour is on that walkie-talkie!
Love these long glass-paneled windows
Not a part of the château
French style cesar salad (can you see the anchovies in there?)
Custard mille feuille & fruit tart that came with the menu!
gorgeous château + lovely exhibit + beautiful garden + sunny day = perfecto
A pond and fountain in the garden
Hubert got a bit sleepy & bored at the end
“To any artist, worthy of the name, all in nature is beautiful, because his eyes, fearlessly accepting all exterior truth, read there, as in an open book, all the inner truth.” -Auguste Rodin
P.S. Pleaseeee excuse my outfit! As much as I love those shoes and that dress…I know it’s not the greatest combo. I realized that I didn’t bring shoes to match my Rachel Roy dress..sigh