Not far from the Champs-Elysées, on Rue Varrin, in a beautiful mansion, the Rodin Museum is located. The history of this museum is interesting. The French sculptor Auguste Rodin lived and worked in the Biron Hotel from 1908. The master was fascinated by the beauty of the building itself and the old park adjacent to it.
Bequesting all his works and a private collection of Van Gogh's paintings to France, Rodin suggested that the state make its own museum in this house. However, his work was not appreciated by his contemporaries, and the museum was opened only in 1918, two years after the death of the great sculptor.
The basis of the collection of the Rodin Museum is the collection bequeathed to the state by the sculptor. First of all, these are sculptures, drawings by the artist himself and works of art collected by Rodin.
In the exposition and funds of the museum, in addition to works of sculpture and painting, you can also see old photographs. Some of them are documentary and tell about the life of the master, others are examples of artistic photography, which Rodin was fond of. But sculpture occupies a dominant position in the museum.
Rodin in his work managed to combine realism and romanticism, impressionism and symbolism. Rodin is a virtuoso master of depicting the human body, in conveying the emotional state of the heroes with plastic means. Famous works by Rodin - sculptures "The Thinker", "Adam and Eve", "The Kiss", "Citizens of Calais", "Eternal Spring" and others are presented in the museum's exposition.
"The Man with a Broken Nose", the first creation presented to the public in 1864. The Paris Salon rejected an unusual bronze bust by the 24-year-old Rodin. With this sculpture, Rodin declared a new canon of beauty, in which everything is beautiful for the artist. The Creator sees the inner truth that is hidden behind the outer form. This, in Rodin's opinion, is beauty.
The sculpture called "The Bronze Age" carries the artist's delight from acquaintance with the monuments of the Renaissance and the impossibility of the academic community to accept the new.
The bas-relief for the entrance gate of the Museum of Decorative Arts, commissioned by Rodin in 1880, became the work of the artist's entire life. The "Gates of Hell" were never completed, they became the personification of the outcome of the path of humanity, emotions, misfortunes and sins.
Rodin's legacy of graphic works encompasses almost 8 works, reflecting different periods of the artist's work and executed in different techniques. These are pencil drawings and lithographs.
The museum contains landscape sketches, sketches, sketches for future sculptures. These are landscapes taken during travels in Belgium and Italy. Illustrations for the works of Dante and Baudelaire, sketches and pencil sketches of nude, as well as portraits.
About 8 old photographs are kept in the museum's funds. They are rarely exhibited, because their constant presence in the exhibition halls has a bad effect on safety. The photographs themselves are of great interest, because the artist discovered this type of art in the last years of his life. He saw new artistic possibilities in photography. The sculptor collaborated with many photographers who were interested in artistic photography. For Rodin, it was not just a fixation of what he saw and a reflection of reality, but, first of all, a new artistic language.
Interestingly, the first photographer of the Musée Rodin was a French master of Russian origin Pyotr Shumov. He closely collaborated with Rodin in 1912-17, completing one and a half hundred photographs of sculptures and almost 60 portraits and scenes from the everyday life of the sculptor in the last years of his life. These photographs are kept in the museum.
Art collection compiled by Rodin
During the last twenty years of his life, Rodin amassed a rich art collection. These are artifacts of antiquity, acquisitions and finds from Egypt, Greece, Rome and the Middle East, made during travels and creative trips.
Rodin was also fond of painting and collected canvases throughout his life. In his collection "Portrait of Daddy Tanguy" by Vincent Van Gogh "Nude" by Auguste Renoir. Rodin exchanged his works with such artists as Jean-Paul Laurent, Alexandre Falguier, Aimé-Jules Daloux, Alphonse Legros, Claude Monet, Charles Cottet, Edvard Munch and many other renowned masters of the time. Their works can be seen today in the exposition of the museum.
The Auguste Rodin Museum will be of interest to all connoisseurs of beauty, travelers seeking to touch real masterpieces and experience the whole storm of emotions born of the talent of the great master.
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