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The Thinker at Musée Rodin

The Rodin Museum / Musée Rodin showcases the works of Auguste Rodin (1840 – 1917), including The Thinker (Le Penseur), probably the most known sculpture in the world. There are more than a dozen copies of The Thinker all over the world– Singapore, Philadelphia, Kyoto, Moscow, Copenhagen– but the original bronze cast can be found here.

Musee Rodin Grounds
Musee Rodin grounds
Musee Rodin grounds

It drizzled for a while when we were there.
some drizzle at Musee Rodin

The museum was actually a former hotel called the Hôtel Biron. Rodin rented out rooms in the hotel and used it as his studio. Sometime later, the French Government acquired the property and Rodin donated some of his works in the condition that the grounds be turned into a museum. And so it was done, and Musée Rodin opened in 1919.
Auguste Rodin's The Thinker
Auguste Rodin's The Thinker

Hôtel Biron is a beautiful building mostly containing Rodin’s plaster and marble casts, photographs, and paintings, as well as his collection of artwork, plus even some sculptures by his student / mistress, Camille Claudel. (Note: from January – 3 April 2012, the building will be closed for renovation to meet modern safety standards.)
Hotel Biron

The gardens are equally beautiful, well-kept hedges and rose bushes, a terrace, a fountain and a café. The bronze sculptures can be found here; aside from the Thinker, other well know works include: The Burghers of Calais, and the Gates of Hell.

Hôtel Biron, The Fountain
Musee Rodin

Les Trois Ombres
Les Trois Ombres

St. John the Baptist Preaching, The Kiss
Inside Musee Rodin / Hotel Biron
Musee Rodin

 Here is a clip from one of my favorite movies last year, Midnight in Paris. I was thrilled that they shot in Musee Rodin, obviously as it is a place I have been to. Carla Bruni (Mrs. Nicolas Sarkozy) plays the museum tour guide. Midnight in Paris also shot in Giverny, and the gardens looked better in the film than in pictures! 🙂 About this movie– I don’t usually like the general theme of magic-realism, but I found myself charmed by this gem of a film; I especially get a kick out of Adrien Brody playing Salvador Dali.

Musée Rodin
79, rue de Varenne – 75007 Paris
Phone : +33(0)144186110
Metro : Varenne (line 13) or Invalides (line 13, line 8)
Open daily except Mondays

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