Sunday, June 10, 2007

Rodin

If you travel to Paris anytime soon, be sure to find the little hole in the wall known as the Musee Rodin. It truly is a hole in the wall as a high wall has gates and above the gates it says Rodin. You step inside to see a garden and a rather large house. It was the home of Rodin that was converted into a museum of his work. You don't even need to go inside the actual museum and pay the fee if you just want to stroll the grounds and see what happens to lie in the gardens. Hint: the dude to the right.

The original The Thinker is on display off to the right of the house. It is powerful to see the original image that we have come to accept as the symbol for a human in thought. It is powerful to behold, and the body sitting there with a furrowed brow is striking. For me, the lowered shoulders rounding the body center and forward always gave me the impression of progress of thought, immersion in thought and dedication.

When I went tot eh Museum, it was after some floods in Paris and the back garden and lawn area was closed. Still, I could see The Thinker and The Burghers of Calais. These works are in other museums as well because Rodin kept his casts for the pieces of art to allow others to make sculptures of his work. I enjoy Rodin's work because when you gaze upon the sculptures, you can draw your own conclusions about their meaning, what are the people doing or emoting, does it have to have a meaning. It is up to you to decide.

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