Enfin, Paris!: Rodin, toujours 1.

musee rodin second storyAside the sense of form, there is a sense of movement about his work that makes it all that much more.

If I had the money, I would hop a plane every few days and go elsewhere. One place I would go to often would be Paris, and while I was there, it would be wonderful to visit often the Musee Rodin. In my heart there are a group of artists I know that I would put in a category that I never tire of. The films of Hitchcock, earlier Godard, Renoir, Fellini, Bergman, many of Spielberg, Scorcese and de Palma. The drawings of Picasso, Degas, Durer and Kollwitz. Paintings by Matisse, Rubens,  Cezanne, Hopper. A copy of  Melanctha, To the Lighthouse, One Hundred Years of Solitude, various volumes of Proust, Sonntag and Didion. Headsets containing Satie, Vivaldi, Chopin, Bernard Herrmann filmwork, Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, the Rolling Stones, Blondie. And then, there is Rodin, always.

mrr exterior compositeInside the gate of the Musée Rodin

nr kandscaoe How’s this for a back yard?

mr composite interiorThe hotel setting of the building gives it a different context, as this was a place Rodin actually lived.

mr bronzesBronzes

As a young man, I visited it. Then, it was different, lots of work was outside, so you could go around and not pay and still see a lot of work. Today there is a fee, for the museum, certain bronzes are outside. In those days I remember seeing quite a few marbles, because I remember standing next to busts and being able to block the sun to see effects of light upon faces. So many people interact with sculpture as if it were two dimensional. They forget to take a walk around it to experience the different angles, look high and low, and even find a spot you love. Finding a spot you love gives it a uniqueness, that belongs to you, a whole different world of the painting, and more so than drawing.

 mr lady sacville sketch compositeThe plaster sketch for Lady Sackville.

rm lady sackville compositeLady Sackville, the finished marble done with Aristide Rausaud

mr beloved compositeI may be mistaken, as I do not have my book on Rodin nearby, but I believe this is called The Beloved. Has a man ever loved a woman more?

mr 2 evesTwo views of Eve, an answer to Michaelangelo’s Slaves in female form.

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women seeing sculpture

people lookingI love to watch the way people react to art.

visualizing greatness rodin museumI call this one, Visualizing Greatness.

age of bronzeOne of the most beautiful statues, L’Âge d’airain (The Age of Bronze). In it’s day, it was considered so realisitc, Rodin was accused of making it from a cast.

mr Hanako (Ohta Hisa) compositeHanako (Ohta Hisa) reminds me of Linda Hunt.

La TêmpeteLa Têmpete (The Tempest)

L'Illusion, soeur d'Icare The Illusion, sister of Icarus compositeThe unconventional L’Illusion, soeur d’Icare (The Illusion, sister of Icarus)

mr alexandre falguière and mouvement de danse A dance movement AAlexandre Falguière and Mouvement de Danse A (Dance movement A)

tanguay and girlVan Gogh’s Le Père Tanguy (Père Tanguy)  and Renoir’s Fem Nue (Nude in Sunlight)

Eugène Carrière Auguste Rodin compositeEugène Carrière’s Auguste Rodin

sargents portrait of rodin 1884Sargent’s Portrait of Rodin (right)

La Toilette de Vénus The Toilette of Venus LegrosLa Toilette de Vénus (The Toilette of Venus) (left) and Legros’ Portrait de Rodin (Portrait of Rodin), Rodin’s bust of Puvis de Chavannes  (right)

The wonderful added attraction of going is also seeing the works of many contemporaries, friends or other working artists, as Rodin himself collected. There are many portraits of Rodin as well, as the portraits he has done of others.

Devant la Ner Beside the SeaDevant la Mer (Beside the Sea)

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