The Rodin Museum in Paris

Leaving Les Invalides in Paris, furrylittlegnome’s friend looked at our trusted map.  We would head over to a museum that gnome had not visited on previous trips to the City of Lights, and lucky for us, it was located next door to the golden dome that houses Napoleon’s Tomb.Les Invalides in Paris, France

Born in Paris in 1840, Auguste Rodin was a French sculptor.   With poor vision, Rodin was not a good student as he could not see things on the blackboard at school.  He found an outlet in drawing.  After being rejected, more than once to prestigious schools, Rodin earned a living as a bricklayer – a job he kept for over twenty years.  In the late 1870s, Rodin was re-inspired after a trip to Italy.   His first piece to earn praise was “The Age of Bronze”.  A few years after that, he was a household name.

The Hotel Bîron, a mansion built between 1727 and 1737, is the site of The Musée Rodin that opened to the public in 1919.  It houses over 300 pieces of Rodin’s work.

The Musée Rodin in Paris, France

The Musée Rodin in Paris, France

Inside, Rodin’s work is carefully spread out in sections of his life and work.  There is a monuments section, a marble work section, an 1880s section, etc.  Unfortunately, furrylittlegnome could not take photos inside.  When she took out her red camera, she was quickly told by staff “no pictures.”

The garden of the Musée Rodin houses two of Rodin’s most popular works.  Made of bronze, “The Thinker” portrays a male with his chin resting on his hand in deep thought. The idea came in 1880 but the project was not completed until 1904. The original casts are over six feet high.
The Thinker at The Musée Rodin in Paris, France Standing twenty feet high, “The Gates of Hell” is an elaborate piece that Rodin worked on for thirty-seven years! Originally crafted in 1880 as two bronze doors for a museum, the sculptor was never happy with this piece and continually added and deleted things from it. If you look closely, you can see “The Thinker” at the top – before becoming an individual piece of work.  Unfortunately, Rodin died in 1917 and “The Gates of Hell” was not completed.
The Gates of Hell at The Musée Rodin in Paris, France
This small but intimate museum is definitely worth visiting and affordable. Adult admission is only 6 Euros, but remember, friends, like many other museums in Paris, the Musée Rodin is closed on Mondays.

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6 Responses to The Rodin Museum in Paris

  1. Nice post and descriptive photographs. Informative, as always.

  2. julespaige says:

    Since most shops in our area (specialty towns like Lititz, PA) are open Saturdays, they are often closed Sunday’s and Mondays. Thanks for the heads up. Don’t think I’ll be traveling off the continent too soon. Our latest project is giving our kitchen a face lift – our anniversary and birthday gifts to ourselves. 😉

    Hugs, Jules

    • For some reason, and furry doesn’t know why, most museums are closed on Mondays in Paris. Aahh, remodeling… Been enjoying your posts about it. My mother decides to remodel or redecorate a room in gnome’s childhood home every two years or so. It must drive my father crazy.

      • julespaige says:

        I have a relative who was like that always lived as if the house was going to be put on the market. That’s not how I live. You will not find any room in my small humble abode that isn’t well lived in. No plastic covering the furniture, no rooms out of bounds so to speak – like a dining room that never gets used except for company or holidays. You will find dust bunnies, grandchildren’s toys and tons of books! 🙂
        I take it your father is in line for ‘Sainthood’ 🙂

  3. Libby says:

    It’s a long time since I visited Paris, this reminds me it is time I went again – if only to visit this museum.

  4. Thank you verty much for all those infos about Rodin and your fine pictures.
    I really like Rodin but have never been to his museum in Paris – actually I have been in Paris only once when I was a boy. I hardly ever go to France because I don`t speach French.
    Enjoy your weekend 🙂

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