Most of the famous sculptures by Auguste Rodin pay tribute to chapters from ‘The Divine Comedy’ by Dante Alighieri, or some of the other works by the Italian Poet. Rodin sculptures cast in bronze have a reputation of being eclectic, and nowhere this is more evident than in ‘The Thinker’ and ‘The Kiss’. If you are into fine arts, you will certainly appreciate Rodin sculptures. They are widely recognized as precursors to modern sculptures, and passion and realism in portraits. If you are on a Paris tour devoted to fine arts centered on Auguste Rodin, below are three places to visit in the city capital.
The French sculptor made a conditional pact with the government that following his passing away, he would dedicate personal drawings, photos, and sculptures to Paris. The condition put forth by Rodin was that Hôtel Biron shall be converted into a museum to exhibit his works, and the rest is history. The Rodin museum has a sculpture garden besides the exhibit floors that depicts some of his major works, including the 1882 sculpture ‘Le Penseur’ (The Thinker).
Jardin des Tuileries
The Tuileries garden is usually abuzz with Parisians and visitors strolling along or admiring the sculptures on view. The garden encapsulates select Rodin sculptures comprising ‘Le Baiser,’ a sculpture that shows star-crossed lovers Francesca and Paolo sharing a kiss. The Rodin sculpture is based on a tragic chapter from Dante’s Inferno, and it depicts sensuality. Apart from ‘The Kiss,’ the Jardin des Tuileries garden also displays sculptures by Antoine Coysevox, Jules Ramey, Louis-Ernest Barrias and Louis Auguste Lévêque.
Musée Rodin in Meudon
Auguste Rodin sculpted many of his works in his past home titled Villa des Brillants, in the Parisian suburb. Rodin bought it via an auction in late 19th Century, and used it as a workshop to cast sculptures. The villa was renovated in the late 20th Century. You can see the moulds and plaster casts used by Rodin as a guide to sculpt. If you are that passionate about Auguste Rodin’s sculptures, visit this atelier turn museum to the southwest of Paris.
Auguste Rodin belonged to an era that was best known as Impressionism, an art movement which revolved around Paris City. French artists, namely Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Paul Cézanne and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, were the four catalysts of the art movement.