Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Musée Rodin



This photo taken in March, 2007 shows the lovely facade on a fine day.


Trying to capture the reflections in the antique mirrors without the photographer proved impossible.

The chandeliers and antique mirrors are a beautiful backdrop 
for the sculpture and paintings.

"If Mumsie's here, who's taking our picture ????"

"Just Hanging Out With the Guys"
( Ummm, yes.  This museum led to a very interesting "anatomy" conversation later!)

Housed in the stunning 250 year old Hôtel Biron, the Musée Rodin is probably one of my favorite museums in Paris.  The lovely surroundings allow the viewer an intimate look at some of Rodin's exquisite works of art. In addition there are wonderful paintings and sculpture from other well known artists as well. Because we visited on an especially cold and rainy day, a stroll throught the manicured gardens was out of the question. I have included a few photos from my trip in 2007 so that you can see how nice it can be on a sunny day!

16 comments:

Wayne said...

I spent quite a long time in the museum and gardens the last time I visited. I remember it fondly.

Babzy said...

This museum is one of my favourite place in Paris ,beautiful shots !

alice said...

Like Babzy, one of my favourite place in Paris, museum, garden, restaurant...Have you seen Camille Claudel's sculptures? Unfortunately, they are often lent to other museums. They are very touching.
My son is very tired and finds difficult to start a new period of four months not stop working. I drove him back to Rennes yesterday and I'm going to see him again this evening. What a strange life we make to our children...Thank you for asking.

jill said...

Love them all. What a beautiful family you are! Interesting sculpture material in the last -- do you know what it is?

Judy - So California said...

Virginia, Your Paris pictures are a true delight! You've got some / all wonderful captures here. One can only wonder about that conversation...............hmmmm

Babooshka said...

I'm just hankering more and more for France. This is my little fix here each day. Visitors to a city do cast another eye over the scene. Delightful all. I am on the verge of jacking it all in and working in a bar in Nice. Gary will teach. Cabin fever.

JM said...

You made me smile with the anatomy conversation thing! :-) Glad you are 'mixing' the 2007 photos. Great set!

Virginia said...

Jill, sorry I don't have any recall about the name of the statues.

JM and Judy,
Let's just say the conversation made me LOL!

Alice,
I may be wrong but I thought some of Camille Claudel's work was here.

Karen said...

Somehow I missed going to the Musee Rodin, although I did pass it on the bus. Another thing to put on the list for my next visit.

LOL on the conversation. I thought it was so refreshing to see large groups of children being taken though the Musee D'Orsay with not a worry about shielding them from seeing human anatomy.

Here we try to keep children from seeing body parts but allow them to view violence without a thought.

Sorry for the rant. It's one of my pet peeves. More museums, less video games and tv.

Peter said...

Maybe this time it’s my turn to help: The statue is called “The Three Shades” and is also to be found on top of his “Gates of Hell”. You can more or less see them there in my one year old post on the Rodin Museum (on my previous blog) http://peter-olson.blogspot.com/search/label/Rodin%20Museum

I can see that Eva is now starring every day (this time with Mumsie and Mum as co-stars)!

I agree about Camille Claudel. She was perhaps the best of the two? I was lucky to see an exposition at the Rodin Museum last year where almost all of her works were presented. Unfortunatley you are not allowed to take pictures during such temporary exhibitions.

Virginia said...

Merci Peter! I had a feeling you would have a post for us!! I think Claudel's work is considered as good or better than Rodin's. Sorry I missed that exhibition!

I understand there's a café there as well? Will have to try that this trip, hopefully on a warm, sunny day.

Sharon said...

This is one of my favorite places in Paris too! You are so right. The grounds alone are just stunning. I spent several hours here on my last trip.

Anonymous said...

Let's just say that Eva took notice of something very prevalent at the Rodin Museum. Particularly the size. But expressed her observation in a very deadpan way. It was quite difficult for Mom and me to stifle our desire burst into laughter.....

Starman said...

I've never been to the Rodin. The only time I attempted, it was closed. But, surely it must be done someday.

Mame said...

Oh, I haven't been there in so long - thanks for the reunion.

Your family is gorgeous!

*SparkleMirror* Kiln-Fired Art said...

What a beautiful intro to Musée Rodin... I love your blog! Glad I discovered it... thanks to Peter of "Peter's Paris." Now I see why he too appreciates your photography, Il est beau.
Merci beaucoup !