Trip 5: FRANCE HOLIDAY in May 2007 ….. Rodin Museum


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…. The Rodin Museum Houses Sculptures by Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) the French artist …….. see the websites:

The Museum  Building …..
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Timber flooring on the floor of the museum …..
… The Woodland outside the Museum …..
A wide path leads from the nearby woodland  into a man made closed, intimate park around the Museum  ….
….. circular path in the formal garden …..
… looking at the depth of the garden to the round formal pool at the end with one
of Rodin’s  sculptures in the centre of the pool ….
……. The pool with aquatic plants …..
…… Harriet walking along the pathway into the formal lower garden
….. the Tea Shop out in the garden …….
Harriet sitting on a seat in the lower formal garden  ………
Inside The Museum …..
Rodin’s Sculptures within the Museum …..
….. The Kiss 1886 …….
Rodin’s Sculptures Outside in  the Park  …..
….. The Formal Upper Garden Around the Museum …..   with various Rodin Sculptures …
….. Rodin’s piece of sculpture ‘The Thinker’ ……
Rodin, Auguste …. from the website:

How Rodin Achieved Unity and Drama …. Rodin gives St-Pierre determination and poise. He holds the key to the city, and around his neck is the rope, or halter, prescribed by the conquerors. A companion, with his head buried in his hands, is on the right. These two men exemplify the greatest contrast of feeling in the group. By placing them together Rodin achieves dramatic power. Observe too that this use of contrasting emotion is also strongly evident in the central group and to a lesser extent even in the two figures on the left.

To organize, or compose, six different figures into a single unified work of art, Rodin groups them into three pairs, each pair differing from the other and yet tied to the others in rhythmic movement. The spaces between the figures are also varied. This is what sculpture tries to achieve, for sculpture deals essentially with the purposeful relationships of volumes in space.By looking at the details we see Rodin’s ability to convey feeling through facial expression and through hands. He cuts the hollows of the face deeply to assure strong shadows, and his textured surfaces catch the subtle variations of light and heighten the sense of life and movement. This irregular surface is a departure from the cold, impersonal smoothness of the classical tradition. Together with a profound sense of power and drama, it had a tremendous influence on the sculptors of Rodin’s time and helped to determine the trend of modern sculpture.

Rodin, Auguste (1840-1917). The French artist Auguste Rodin had a profound influence on 20th-century sculpture. His works are distinguished by their stunning strength and realism. Rodin refused to ignore the negative aspects of humanity, and his works confront distress and moral weakness as well as passion and beauty.

Francois-Auguste-Rene Rodin was born on Nov. 12, 1840, in Paris. At the age of 14 he entered the Petite Ecole, a school of decorative arts in Paris. He applied three times to study at the renowned Ecole des Beaux-Arts but was rejected each time. In 1858 he began to do decorative stonework in order to make his living. Four years later the death of his sister Marie so traumatized Rodin that he entered a sacred order.
The father superior of the order recognized Rodin’s talents and encouraged him to pursue his art.

In 1864 Rodin met a seamstress named Rose Beuret. She became his life companion and was the model for many of his works. That year Rodin submitted his Man with a Broken Nose to the Paris Salon. It was rejected but later accepted under the title Portrait of a Roman. Rodin traveled in 1875 to Italy, where the works of Michelangelo made a strong impression on him. The trip inspired his sculpture The Age of Bronze, which was exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1877. It caused a scandal because the critics could not believe that Rodin had not used a casting of a live model in creating so realistic a work.

The controversy brought Rodin more fame than praise might have. In 1880 he was commissioned to create a bronze door for the future Museum of Decorative Arts. Although the work was unfinished at the time of his death, it provided the basis for some of Rodin’s most influential and powerful work. In 1884 he was commissioned to create a monument that became The Burghers of Calais. His statues St. John the Baptist Preaching, Eve, The Age of Bronze, and The Thinker are world famous. Rodin died on Nov. 17, 1917, and was buried at Meudon.

When Rodin was 76 years old he gave the French government the entire collection of his own works and other art objects he had acquired. They occupy the Hotel Biron in Paris as the Musee Rodin and are still placed as Rodin set them.


….. The Actual Museum Housing Sculptures by Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) the French artist ….. The Musee Rodin MuseumThe Hôtel Biron houses the Auguste Rodin museum and stands below the dome of the Invalides in the Faubourg Saint-Germain area of Paris, France. The house itself was built around 1728 by the architect Jean Aubert for Abraham Peyrenc de Moras, a wig maker who made his fortune speculating with paper money, and it is more like a chateau than a typical house with its grounds stretching for about seven acres.
The house was notable for its magnificence with beautiful facades and the refinement of the interior decoration with carved panelling for the rooms overlooking the grounds. But unfortunately, Peyrenc de Moras did not live there long as he died in 1732 and his wife rented out the property until her death, to the Duchesse du Maine, who was Louis XIV’s daughter-in-law.

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Auguste Rodin: The Centenary Installation

Marking the centenary of Auguste Rodin’s death in 1917, the Legion of Honor’s Rodin holdings will be presented in a new context. Interpretations from artists Urs Fischer, Sarah Lucas, and Gustav Klimt will be presented in the Rodin Dialogues throughout the year.

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From  the British Museum website above, see ”Rodin: Body in Bronze” at the Brooklyn Museum: