We are definitely getting settled into our temporary French lifestyle–we drink wine most nights and enjoy late dinners (haven’t started smoking though). This weekend in Paris was very relaxing and the weather continued to be amazing…
We spent a few hours at Musee Rodin, where we examined sculptures of all sizes and learned a great deal about the artist and his path to fame, fortune, and lady-troubles.
Here is a taste of what we saw in the museum:
‘The Kiss’ depicts the initial moment of passion between Francesca and Paolo (which consequently damned them to hell since Paolo was the brother of Francesca’s husband–whoops!).
A room in the museum featured the work of Camille Claudal, Rodin’s padawan and mistress. ‘The Age of Maturity’ is shown to the left, which reflects the couple’s dramatic breakup (an older man is pulled from a kneeling younger woman by Time). Claudal was eventually committed to a mental institution.
‘The Duchesse De Choiseul’ was Rodin’s mistress later in life. The Duchesse tried to take all of Rodin’s money…his bros finally talked some sense into him and he broke it off.
Famous French writer Balzac. Rodin completed multiple sculptures of this writer.
A few prominent larger pieces lived in the museum garden:
After the Musee Rodin we walked by the L’Hôtel national des Invalides, a stunning complex. We were too hungry to go inside, but at least saw the outside!
We grabbed supplies for a picnic on Rue Cler then enjoyed our feast near the Eiffel tower.
Until next time, au revoir!