78/365 March 25: Rodin Museum

We took the bus to the Rodin Museum.  When we disembarked, we saw this view of the Eiffel Tower. It was the tallest building in the world from the late 1800’s until the 1920’s when the Chase Tower was built.


On the way we walked past the military museum. Napoleon is buried there. There were small but lovely gardens on the grounds.



Here’s Steve feeling pensive in front of The Thinker.


The Rodin Museum is held in his former home.  The gardens are lovely and there are many sculptures in the garden.



Here’s a shot of the museum.



There were many birds enjoying a small pool in the gardens. This bird is larger than an American Chickadee, and it has yellow on its back. However, it acted and flew like our chickadees.



There were artists sketching the statues in the garden.



There are many lovely domes in Paris.



Being spring break, there are also many sleepy teenagers.


I hadn’t realized that The Thinker was originally part of Rodin’s huge Gates of Hell doorway. It is a scene from Dante’s Inferno.



That top picture makes the doors look white.  They are actually closer to the color below.



Inside the house is Rodin’s private collection.  Kent says that many of the Parisian artists traded their art with each other. Here is a Renoir.



a Van Gogh,



and another Van Gogh,


This view out one of the windows shows the interesting read branches about to bud out.



Edvard Munch painted The Thinker.



A lovely Roman statue in Rodin’s collection.



From there, we stopped at a small cafe for lunch. I was able to order in French. The staff looked surprised and appreciative.



Diane had a ham and cheese sandwich. 



Kent and I both had traditional French sandwiches with Orangina.



From there we went to Musee d’Orsay. That museum is in a beautiful old train station.  It has a fabulous collection of Impressionist paintings.  Unfortunately, they don’t allow photographs. I was even challenged by a guard for listing to Rick’s Steve’s podcast of the collection because my iphone has a camera.  

After the museum, we went home.



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