It’s French Friday! How about a quick visit to the Musee Rodin?
Literally a stone’s throw from les Invalides is the Musee Rodin. After venerating (or execrating) Napoleon in his tomb it is well worth the brief walk to check out the museum, for it is Rodin’s actual residence (and a rather splendid one it is) and has a charming garden filled with his sculpture.
Within his impressive “hotel” you will find an array of smaller works, sketches and developmental pieces as well as a surprising collection of artworks including a marvellous Van Gogh and a few Munches.
To see the thinker with the gold dome of Les Invalides behind or the “Gates of Hell” in all its massive horror is a unique experience. This is a fascinating work which took Rodin an immense amount of time to create. It was commissioned to be the entrance to a new Parisian decorative arts museum. After all the work of making it, the museum never eventuated. If you want to know some fascinating facts about the Thinker and its link to the door (It was part of the original design) then check out this really interesting link. “12 Things you didn’t know about The Thinker”
I was surprised how few people visited it even though we were there in April on a lovely day. I would recommend you add it to your itinerary next time you find yourself in Paris.
Bon weekend mes amies!