Rodin willed to the French state his studio and the right to make casts from his plasters. Because he encouraged the edition of his sculpted work, Rodin's sculptures are represented in many public and private collections. The Musée Rodin was founded in 1916 and opened in 1919 at the Hôtel Biron, where Rodin had lived. It holds the largest Rodin collection, with more than 6,000 sculptures and 7,000 works on paper.

Rodin - Portrait of a Sculptor

   When he was 18, Francois-August Rene Rodin began working in Paris as a decorative artist. The city was undergoing a transformation and a multitude of statues, sculptures and ornate buildings were being created to beautify the public spaces. Artists were being hired all over the city, and Rodin, worked on several of these projects.

   But like many other innovators, his personal artistic style kept tugging at him, struggling to break free. So he worked at night on his own endeavors, paying the bills by day working on someone else's vision.

   Unlike other artists of his day, Rodin was not interested in beautifying every aspect of life. Instead, he sought to present humanity, and humans, in all their individual glory - scarred, flawed, and infinitely fascinating.

    In 1864, Rodin submitted his first sculpture for exhibition, to the Paris Salon. The Man with the Broken Nose, was an elderly neighbourhood street porter. The bronze piece was the head "broken off" at the neck, the nose was flattened and crooked, and the back of the head was absent, having fallen off the clay model in an accident. The Salon rejected the piece, marking it “unfinished”.


Rodin's most celebrated work is Le Penseur (The Thinker, circa 1880), the muscular man caught in a moment of deep thought and flex. The version here in the garden is the original. It belong to the city of Paris, its intended owner, refused to accept it. Before installing the bronze statue on the steps of the Panthéon, Rodin set up a full-scale plaster cast. Its physicality horrified the public; crowds gathered around the statue, debates and Rodin was ridiculed in the press.

The relative ease of making reproductions has also encouraged many forgeries: a survey of expert opinion placed Rodin in the top ten most-faked artists. Rodin fought against forgeries of his works as early as 1901, and since his death, many cases of organized, large-scale forgeries have been revealed. A massive forgery was discovered by French authorities in the early 1990s and led to the conviction of art dealer Guy Hain.

To deal with the complexity of bronze reproduction, France has promulgated several laws since 1956 which limit reproduction to twelve casts—the maximum number that can be made from an artist's plasters and still be considered his work. (As a result of this limit, The Burghers of Calais, for example, is found in fourteen cities.)

In the market for sculpture, plagued by fakes, the value of a piece increases significantly when its provenance can be established. A Rodin work with a verified history sold for US$4.8 million in 1999, and Rodin's bronze Eve, grand model—version sans rocher sold for $18.9 million at a 2008 Christie's auction in New York. Art critics concerned about authenticity have argued that taking a cast does not equal reproducing a Rodin sculpture—especially given the importance of surface treatment in Rodin's work.

(source wikipedia)

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Musée Rodin


Inspirational photos of the Eiffel Tower area

The Rodin Museum is a the perfect place to go with a group or family of people who have different energy levels; those interested in Rodin's works can go into the museum, while those who just want to see the highlights can visit the vast gardens where many of his works are displayed. A cafe in the gardens, which is open seasonally, is the perfect place to catch a bite.

TIP: The gift shop is in the museum; if you only have a ticket for the gardens just tell them you want to visit the boutique. Entrance to the gardens is only one euro, and you can stay as long as you want. Bring a book!

The gardens include many poetic and literary references. A special guide with photos has been written to help visitors identify the flowers, artworks, and themes of the vast gardens (for sale in the gift boutique in English and French).


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79 rue de Varenne, 7e

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adult/child museum incl garden €10/7, garden only €4/2

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