A Hidden Gem in Paris — The Rodin Museum

posted by Sharon December 7, 2014 13 Comments
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Our last afternoon in Paris we visited the Rodin Museum. It sits in the shadow of the gold-domed tomb of Napoleon, close to the Eiffel Tower. The house and gardens are part of a hotel where the sculpture Auguste Rodin lived and worked.

The gardens display a pleasing array of the artist’s sculptures. The most famous also intrigued me most: The Thinker.

Strolling around the gardens you find the realistic human figures Rodin was known for.

And you find the whimsical.

Here’s me with the sweater, so you’re sure to see it’s size XXXLarge.

Of course, the grounds and flowers in themselves lend beauty. I love the softness of the roses against the bold bronze sculptures.

Treasures are inside the hotel, too. Here’s the elegant scultpure, The Kiss.

Rodin wrote, a few years before his death:

“I give the State all my works in plaster, marble, bronze and stone, and my drawings, as well as the collection of antiquities that I had such pleasure in assembling for the education and training of artists and workers. And I ask the State to keep all these collections in the Hôtel Biron, which will be the Musée Rodin, reserving the right to reside there all my life.”

Because of his generosity, anyone can enjoy Rodin’s art today.

It’s easy to miss this gem of a museum. The gate is ordinary and it’s not well marked.

But if you’re in Paris, I encourage you to spend a few hours in this delightful place. Think about it . . .

Linking up with Texture Tuesday, Wednesday Around the World, and Sweet Shot Tuesdays. The close-up of The Thinker is edited with Kim Klassen’s texture kk_3003.

 

 

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13 Comments

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Uwe December 9, 2014 at 5:29 am

Rodin is one of the artists I haven’t had on my radar so far – so thanks for sharing your wonderful impression of this interesting part of Paris, Sharon!

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Abrianna Miller December 9, 2014 at 6:13 am

it is a delightful spot. I enjoy traveling with you 🙂

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prairiejill December 9, 2014 at 6:15 am

Great series of photographs. Love that sweater!

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Marilyn Gallas December 9, 2014 at 6:33 am

Since I won’t be able to visit the museum, I’m thrilled that you posted these wonderful shots. Thanks, Sharon.

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Buckeroomama December 9, 2014 at 8:22 am

Oh, the Musée Rodin was one of my favorite museums in Paris! I remember really taking my time taking in his various pieces. I don’t remember the sweater, though…

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mscarletti December 9, 2014 at 12:06 pm

Love the tall trees! And the Thinker…how cool. Great shots!

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a spirit of simplicity December 9, 2014 at 1:59 pm

Oh my what a beautiful place.

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elizabethfstewart December 9, 2014 at 5:23 pm

So lovely. Longing to see all of this in person someday!

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Dotti December 9, 2014 at 6:26 pm

Oh, yes! This is going on my ‘must see’ list for our trip in July. And your photos today were such a welcome respite from the cold wind I’ve just come from outside while running errands. So chilly it called for a cuppa tea. That combined with these great photos is warming my body and my soul!

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Sheila December 9, 2014 at 7:13 pm

Such a lovely set of images. Beautiful gardens. Love the 6th image – such a cool angle for the shot.

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Earl December 10, 2014 at 4:42 am

Wonderful series of photos. Thank you for showing. My favorite is the tree lined path. The linearity of the trees and the streak of sky between them. . . marvelous.

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Susan W December 10, 2014 at 11:58 am

I don’t think I will every be visiting Paris, so thank you for taking us on this lovely tour.

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Peabea December 11, 2014 at 7:26 pm

How awesome to visit Paris. Love the photos. I travel through your lens today. 🙂

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