If you are interested in sculptures then you must visit Rodin museum Paris when you are in the city of light. The museum is dedicated to the works of Auguste Rodin and his work is known for the accuracy in the size and shape of human anatomy. The theme of many of his works are centred around romance and sensuality in human relationships. The museum is located in central Paris at 77 rue de Varenne at the Hotel Biron and the surrounding gardens, as well as outside Paris at Villa des Brillants at Meudon, Hauts-de-Seine which was his home.
The sculptor Auguste Rodin was born in Paris and spent most of his time there. He did not find success in the initial days and was rejected 3 times after failing the entrance exams to the art school École des Beaux-Arts. Determined to pursue his passion and not lose heart over the rejection, he decided to give a shot at architecture in Brussels by working on decorations for public monuments. After a few years of working there, he decided to travel around Italy for inspiration and during this time, he was inspired by the masterpieces of Donatello and Michelangelo. With this, after returning back to Brussels he began working on “The Age of Bronze” that was appreciated and accepted in the Salon in Paris in 1877.
Activities Inside Rodin Museum
Of the two locations of the museum, the one at Hotel Biron and surrounding gardens is the most visited as it is located in central Paris. In 1911 Rodin was the only resident of the hotel. It reopened as the Rodin Museum in 1919 and can be called a mansion. When visiting, you must make it a point to see Rodin museum sculptures The Kiss, The Thinker, Fall of illusion: Sister of Icarus, Fugit Amor, Age of Maturity by Camille Claudel and The Gates of Hell. The Gates of Hell and The Thinker can be found in the gardens.
Apart from the sculptures, the mansion itself is a work of craftsmanship. Along with the simple beauty of the sculptures, the beauty of its interiors that is decorated in black, white, blue and hardwood interior design complements each other enhancing the overall grandeur and beauty. The surrounding gardens offer a serene and tranquil ambience similar to a French countryside even if it is located at the centre of Paris. Besides, there are art works from Rodin’s personal collection. These include works of artists like Van Gogh, Monet and Edward Munch.
If you are an art aficionado or enthusiast, you will not regret an afternoon spent in Musée Rodin Paris.