A jewel in the crown of the sparkling City of Light, The Rodin Museum is an absolute favorite. One instinctively knows they are tiptoeing through the life’s work of a genius; The gorgeous rocaille mansion Auguste Rodin was fortunate to call his both his studio and home is right in the heart of Paris!
The glittery and golden dome of Les Invalides shines in the background of the manicured gardens and grounds. Immense structures that took years and years of Rodin’s life to complete are strewn along the pathways in between the delicate roses. One could spend as much time in the garden as in the museum itself taking in the beauty.
There is a dedicated collection of Camille Claudel’s works, an unsung hero of the sculpture world. It is difficult to envision what she could have accomplished if she had stayed healthy. Her ten-year tumultuous affair with Rodin produced both some of her greatest triumphs and her greatest heartache.
Stop-in-your-tracks Parisian architecture peeks out from behind the gates in the bright sunshine.
The Thinker holds court among the roses, waiting for all to admire him. Much like his creator. Your art book has come to life with famous works like The Kiss and The Gates of Hell!
Rodin’s ability to create lifelike bodies, especially hands and feet is unparalleled. Except for Ms. Claudel.
A visit to Musée Rodin is in my top five things to do and see in Paris. It’s made up of all the things I love: art, gardens, architecture, beauty. And you can spend two hours here and feel like you’ve seen everything. They even have a café in the garden if you would like to spend a little more time sipping tea or ruminating over a glass of wine.
Musée Rodin is located in the 7th Arrondissement.
Metro: Varenne (line 13) or Invalides (line 13, line 8)
R.E.R: Invalides (line C)
Bus: 69, 82, 87, 92