I recently spent a rainy morning at the Rodin Museum. The museum is located in Rodin’s old mansion and gardens located in the 7th Arr. of Paris.
Auguste Rodin (1840 – 1917). The museum contains thousands of peices of which perhaps a couple hundred are on display. Bronze, marble, concrete, plaster casts.
I took a lot of photos that day. Here is a sample of the treasure trove. As always, click to enlarge. (Wave the cursor in front of photo to see its reference number.) Have fun!
Below is a representation of Eve after realizing she has angered God
Museum lights are reflected on the glass in front of this one:
You can see the hand of God reflected in the mirror!:
A view of the gardens as seen from Rodin’s manor house:
The famous “kiss”. This is actually a depiction of courtly love. Courtly love has its price. The lovers were killed by her jealous husband soon afterwards:
A view of Rodin’s house as seen from the garden:
Rodin worked for many years years on his piece called the Gates of Hell, inspired by Dante’s Purgatorio. Below are the gates, and a couple of close-up and hellish detail shots:
Regarding the matter of Camille Claudell, the museum contains several of her pieces:
Below is the work of Rodin’s student and mistress Camille Claudell. We all know she was a smokin hot artist and a fine sculptor in her own right. Rodin led her on in their relationship, but in the end refused to leave his wife for the smitten apprentice. In Claudels sculpture below we see Rodin being led away by his wife, and in the lower pic we see as Camille vainly reaches for him as he is pulled away.
Unfortunately Camille destroyed most of her own work in a schizophrenic rampage. She was committed to a mental institution by her family where she lived for 30 years until her death in 1943.