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☆ Musée Rodin ☆

01/05/2009
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An impressive collection of works is housed in a splendid 18thcentury mansion, the Hôtel Biron.. It is where one of France’s greatest sculptors, Auguste Rodin, once lived and worked..

By 1909 it was a crumbling shadow of its former 18th-century glory, having been occupied by a religious order from the time of Napoleon, and then used as inexpensive housing for artists.. where he spent the last nine years of his life..

☆ Musée Rodin ☆

This elegant, state-owned mansion dating from 1731 is completely surrounded by gardens with brambles and rabbits..

Auguste Rodin took up residence here in 1908..

The museum opened in 1919, two years after his death..

In the garden, roses and statues have replaced the rabbits, but the charm remains unique..

☆ Musee Rodin ☆

☆ Museum Rodin ☆

☆ Museum Rodin ☆

☆ Museum Rodin ☆

The rooms display his works roughly chronologically, including his sketches and watercolours..

Sculptures in marble, bronze, and terracotta alternate with drawings by the master..

Masterpieces such as The Kiss and Eve are displayed in the airy rotundas..

☆ Le Baiser ☆ ☆ Le Baiser ☆ 1889 ☆

☆ Eve ☆ ☆ Eve ☆ 1904 ☆

One room is devoted to works by his talented model and muse, Camille Claudel, and Rodin’s personal collection of paintings by Van Gogh, Monet and other masters hang on the walls..

The museum’s other highlight is the gardens, thethird-largest private gardens in Paris, where famous works such as The Thinker and The Gates of Hell stand among the lime trees and rose bushes..

☆ Le Penseur ☆ ☆ Le Penseur ☆ 1882☆

☆ Le Penseur ☆

☆ Le Penseur ☆

☆ Le Penseur ☆

☆ Le Penseur ☆ ☆ Le Penseur ☆ 1882☆

☆ Porte de l'Enfer ☆ ☆ Porte de l’Enfer ☆ 1887  ☆

☆ Porte de l'Enfer ☆

☆ Porte de l'Enfer ☆ ☆ Porte de l’Enfer ☆ 1887  ☆

Rodin donated all of his sculptures, private drawings and personal collections to the state on the condition that the mansion was turned into a museum..

It opened in 1919 with over 600 sculptures..

The gardens, which can be accessed independent of the museum for €1, have many of his most famous sculptures, and a café open in nice weather..

☆ Monument aux Bourgeois de Calais ☆ ☆ Monument aux Bourgeois de Calais ☆ 1889 ☆

☆ Les Trois Ombres ☆☆ Les Trois Ombres ☆1880 ☆

☆ Le Monument à Balzac ☆ ☆ Le Monument à Balzac ☆ 1898 ☆

☆ La Muse de Whistler ☆ ☆ La Muse de Whistler ☆ 1904 ☆

☆ Adam ☆ ☆ Adam ☆ 1904 ☆

Hôtel Biron.
77, rue de Varenne (7th).
M° Varenne.
Tel: 01 44 18 61 10.
Daily from Apr to Sep: 9.30am-5.45pm and Oct to Mar: 9.30am-4.45pm. Mon: closed.
€9/6 – RR: €7/4.
Park only: €1. Under 18s and 1st Sun of the month: free.
www.musee-rodin.fr

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