The museum dedicated to the sculptor Rodin is my favorite of sculptural art in Paris.
It comprises three parts: the Hotel Biron, an elegant mansion, and two gardens.
Inside the museum's sculptures are divided between the ground floor and upstairs. On the ground floor there are the famous sculptures called "The Age of Bronze," "The Kiss", "Eve". On the first floor, "Balzac in monk's robe" and one of my favorite works of Rodin is a clay "Girl with flowered hat". The museum contains also a selection of fifteen sculptures of his student Camille Claudel. The two artists who were lovers influenced each other.
Moving is the bronze group called “The age of maturity” which shows Camille on her knees imploring Rodin not to abandon her.
In the front garden decorated with rose trees stand the three best-known works of the sculptor Rodin:
The famous “Thinker-Penseur” besieged by all the photographers; near the Varenne street stands the group of the “The Burghers of Calais - Bourgeois de Calais”; on the left stands that fantastic work called the “The Gates of Hell - Porte de l'Enfer" inspired from Dante's Divine Comedy and Baudelaire, Rodin worked all his life on this sculptural group.
The park at the back of the Biron hotel shows 25 sculptures of Rodin. These are often bronze sculptures whose models, sometimes in other materials, are inside.
The most remarkable sculpture is however that of “Ugolin” in the middle of the pond. It is a dramatic history (from Dante's “Divine comedy”) that of the count Ugolin, walled up with his sons in the prison which will become their tomb, and who starving ends up eating his dead children (photo 1).
The entry at the museum in the Hotel Biron costs 6 €. The access to the gardens at front and back costs only 1 €. (2011).
Open daily except Monday from 10 to 17.45 h. Pleasant café in the garden.
Fondest memory: Flowers in bloom aren't necessary in order to enjoy the gardens here at Musee Rodin. Inside, of course, you find some wonderful sculptures by the artist and his contemporaries; outside, you may wander the paths and marvel at some truly fab neighborhood architecture!
The museum dedicated to this famous sculpture is defenitely worth a visit and not only for those who like sculptures: the museum is surrounded by a beautiful garden.
Fondest memory: I love French, the sound of this language is so much nicer than mine... .
Fondest memory: I enjoyed watching this little fellow running around...don't worry, his mom and another grownup and baby were with him, he wasn't exactly doing Paris by himself!
Favorite thing: Have a look at the works of this artist. His name was Rodin, and there's a museum with his masterpieces besides the Hôtel des Invalide.