Musee Rodin - Paris 7th
Formerly the Hotel Biron, today, this is now the home for the Rodin
Museum. Inside, many of the rooms have preserved their original
woodwork. And with the large windows and doors, you will see that
the rooms are well lit and offer vistas of the surrounding garden.
It was not until 1916, when Auguste Rodin suffered a stroke, that
he gave his work to the nation on the condition that it remains
in the Hotel Biron. For over 10 years, the Hotel Biron which was
state owned as of 1901 was rented by Rodin from 1908 until his death
in 1917.Rodin used the two rooms on the ground floor as his studio
and the rooms above for his living quarters. Between I908 and I909
they were also those of the poet Rilke who was, for a period, Rodin's
museum is exemplary the way it is presented. You can experience
how a great Parisian hotel particulier looked under the Ancien Regime
with its sculpture populated garden and interior decorations. The
first interior courtyard shows already some of his masterpieces:
Les Bourgeois de Calais, La Porte de lEnfer,
Le Penseur and Balzac. In the garden, restored
in 1927, the Appel aux Armes and Ugolin.
The famous Baiser is to see in the Grand Salon. Loiter
around and admire a lot of other masterpieces you even never heard
of. Two halls are dedicated to the women Rodin loved: Camille Claudel,
sister of the poet, the duchesse de Choiseul, lady Sackville-West
and Mme. Elisseieff. On the 1st floor you can admire the works Rodin
bought from his friends: 3 superb Van Gogh, a Renoir, a Monet and
even an Edvard Munch. Splendid.
Even if you are not a Rodin admirer you will be undoubtedly conquered
by the fairy tale, magnificent garden behind the museum. It radiates
such a peace and charm! The garden has been completely restructured.
A sinuous path has been created, a poetic itinerary, on the theme
A cafeteria is set up in the park of the museum. Open only from
April 1 until Sep 30. Often empty and always rustic. Extra in the
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More information on Auguste Rodin: http://www.ibiblio.org/wm/paint/auth/rodin/
77 Rue de Varenne
Tél. : 01.44.18.61.10
9.30 a.m. - 4.45 p.m. in winter.
9.30 a.m. - 5.45 p.m. in summer.
5 Euros; 3 Euros and for everyone on Sunday.
Free under 18.