Saturday, February 06, 2010

Fallen Caryatid Under Her Stone

If ever in Paris with some spare time, check out the hole in the wall Rodin museum. He is worth it. The gardens are great and hold some nice treasures of art. You pop around a corner in a garden and bump into "The Thinker". The Indianapolis Museum of Art had/has some Rodin pieces/duplicates and the "Gates of Hell" pieces were/are there. I wonder how many people truly notice his work there when they enter and exit the featured exhibits they have each season.

One of my favorites is to the right. It shouts no no this beautiful Greek girl will not hold up your heavy stones. She will not bear your burdens for eternity. Rodin was so cool that he left his casts behind so duplicates could be made. I like how he can capture facial expressions, especially in The Burghers of Calais. They are worthy of long gazes and intense observation.

Thanks Auguste Rodin. The world is a more beautiful place because of you.

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