The Rodin Museum was definitely on my list to see while we were visiting Paris, but one that I felt ok missing out on if I had to. I still can’t believe how many museums and places we fit in on our second day in Paris. My pre-planning along with being there in a low tourist season proved helpful.
This museum is a gem and I am so glad that we were able to explore the sculpture grounds and museum. If you’re going to Paris and a fan of sculpture, I would definitely check this one out. It’s a little more laid back with the outdoor garden, which also makes it great for kids.
I had this last on our museum day itinerary mostly because of location and preference, but also because I thought it would be a good opportunity to run around the sculpture garden after being in her carrier all day. And she loved being free!
The museum consisted of sculptures within the grounds and this building which housed more works.
Le Penseur (The Thinker) Musée Rodin, Paris
I love Auguste Rodin for his traditional work that verges on modern. I studied modern art in college and the very beginning of the era was my favorite. Especially coming from The Louvre, you could see how Rodin’s sculptures began to break the mold.
“I invent nothing, I rediscover.”
This quote of his is seen in his artwork, depicting real life not in the idealized way of the past, but with passion and energy.
The grounds of the museum were beautiful.
The Thinker in The Gates of Hell
The Gates of Hell, Modeled 1880-1917; cast 1926-1928 Auguste Rodin, French Bronze
20 feet 10 3/4 inches × 13 feet 2 inches × 33 3/8 inches (636.9 × 401.3 × 84.8 cm)
The Kiss, Auguste Rodin (1840 -1917) Circa 1882, Marble
a view of the grounds from the top of the museum
I’d definitely recommend a stop here if you are in Paris. It was a laid back experience which we enjoyed after a little overwhelming (but awesome) morning and afternoon at the bigger museums.