If you are on your Paris tour you cannot miss the visit to the famous Rodin Museum. This is one of the most famous and most visited museums in Paris. It is better to know about Rodin and the museum before you go to visit the museum. Auguste Rodin was a famous sculptor who is known for many of his sculptures which are now exhibited in the Rodin Museum. He is considered as the father of modern sculpture and his works continue to allure the people all over the world.
Here are some of the interesting facts you need to know about Rodin before you visit the Rodin Museum.
Rodin Faced So Many Rejections As An Artist
He had a passion for artworks ever since his childhood. He applied three times to the very famous Ecole des Beaux-Arts at the age of 17 but was refused always. His first major work “Mask of the Man with the Broken Nose” was also rejected by the Salon because it shunned the traditional ideals of beauty.
Rodin Had Poor Eyesight
The vision problem that Rodin suffered obstructed him from excelling at his school. He had difficulty to read and write and he combated with Math and Science. It was then that he found his passion for drawing and started doing it.
“The Thinker” Was Not A Stand Alone Work Of Rodin
The Thinker was actually the part of a larger work of Rodin called The Gates to Hell. He did this work as a design for the entrance of a new museum made by the French Ministry of Fine Arts. Rodin could not finish this work. But The Thinker was remade by many others even when Rodin was alive.
Rodin Was A Failure In Other Careers He Attempted
Rodin joined a Catholic order at the age of 22 after his sister passed away. But he was encouraged by the Father superior to continue following his passion for art. He was taken into the army at the age of 33 at the time of the Franco-Prussian War. But he was later sent back because of his poor eyesight.
Rodin Loved Two Women
Rodin was in love with Camille Claudel a student of sculpture class. She was his inspiration behind “The Kiss”, one of his famous sculptures. But he married seamstress Rose Beuret before one year of his death and this relationship ended his relationship with Camille.
Your visit to the Rodin Museum can be a wonderful experience if you have a good idea about the person in whose name the museum is known. His life and his experiences are a motivation to everyone, especially to those who love sculptures and artworks.