December 6, 2012

A closer look at Rodin

“The artist must create a spark before he can make a fire and before art is born, the artist must be ready to be consumed by the fire of his own creation.”
Auguste Rodin

Today I ventured out around Paris at close to freezing temperatures to hear of Rodin's career which was beset by controversy and disappointment. We saw the sculptor's early works, and heard of his struggle to get accepted: he was refused three times when he applied to study at the famous Beaux Arts school. The collection of sculptures displayed in the Musée Rodin and the attractive garden includes The Kiss, The Thinker, The Gates of Hell, Balzac, and The Burghers of Calais.

Looking onto the main building

A glimps of the most famous sculpture of the world with Les Invalides in the background

Detail of the Rodin Museum

Impressions of Rodin

Shadow play of a sculpture

Details of the house

Makes me think...

Admiring the blooming December roses

Perspective of "The Gates of Hell"

Can you imagine M.Rodin strolling down the alley?

Les Invalides looking on

Paris in one shot

Close-up of "Le Penseur"

Monument to Balzac

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