One of the most celebrated French Sculpturers is Auguste Rodin (although his works were somewhat criticized during his lifetime). Tucked away in a little side street near La Hopital de L'Invalides is the Hotel Biron. Rodin bought this building and used it as his workshop. Opened as a museum in 1919, over 29,000 of his sculptures, drawings, old photos, and objects d'arts are on display here. These include three of his most notable works; "The Thinker", "The Kiss", and "The Gates of Hell". We spent a wonderful day exploring all of the fantastic works amassed in this museum.
One of the many photographs of Rodin on exhibit in the museum.
Rodin's "The Thinker" as it would normally look while on display in the garden of the museum...(we could not come to Paris without seeing this piece, as it will always hold a special place in the hearts and minds of the Aveni family)...
...however, on the day of our visit, it was surrounded by scaffolding while it underwent restoration.
Another of Rodin's notable sculptures is "The Kiss."
"The Gates of Hell" massive piece by Auguste Rodin...
...included in this piece is a copy of Rodin's "The Thinker"...
...as well as "The Kiss"...
...and a copy of another of his notable sculptures entitled "The Three Shades."
In the museum garden is the full scale sculpture known as "The Three Shades."
Rodin was an avid collector of ancient Roman and Greek pieces that he used as models for some of his own sculptures...
...including this piece he titled "The Walking Man."
"The Burghers of Calais" is another of his famous pieces commemorating heroism during the "Hundred Years War".
Rodin was friends with Monet and collected a number of his paintings, which are also on display in this museum.
Photograph of Rodin in his workshop at the Hotel Biron
Carl and Lorraine Aveni are two retirees planning on traveling through Europe for at least one year.