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Sunday, August 21, 2011

France/Spain 2011 - Day 4, Part 3 - Paris: Musée Rodin

"I was not a child prodigy, because a child prodigy is a child who knows as much when it is a child as it does when it grows up." - Will Rogers

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France/Spain 2011
Day 4 - 20th March - Paris: Musée Rodin
(Part 3)

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Paolo and Francesca
There was a whole series

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Motorboating The Eternal Idol

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The Kiss

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The Age of Bronze

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Writeup on The Age of Bronze, with photograph of the model Auguste Neyt posing

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The Call to Arms

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Pedestal with Titans; Rodin, Carrier-Belleuse

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Various Paintings. I didn't know Rodin painted too

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Young Girl with Roses on Hat

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The Three Shades

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Bellona

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Rodin in front of the Gates of Hell, Käsebier

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The Sirens

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The Despair

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Fallen Caryatid Carrying Her Stone
I love Caryatids

I'd seen a few of these items in the Musée D'Orsay. Ahh, the joys of bronzes - reproductions!

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Rodin working at his Gates of Hell, Bourdelle

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Bust of Balzac, Nude Study C, folded Arms

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Apotheosis of Victor Hugo

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Vain tenderness

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Explanatory writeup on how the Burghers of Calais was not well-received in Calais

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Bust of Victor Hugo

Some of the non-Rodin - the non-bronze/sculpture material, at that - was quite nice.

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Virgin of the Seven Sorrows. Mid-16th - first quarter of 17th century.

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Pere Tanguy, Vincent Van Gogh

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Hand emerging from the thombe (sic)

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3 excellent Greek vases. I liked them so much I took pictures of all of them. They were in suspiciously good condition, so I suspect they were restored in the era before it was fashionable to make restoration obvious. So apart from gluing the fragments together, they probably touched up the paint to cover the cracks.

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Henri Rochefort

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Iris

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Christ and the Magdelene

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Pygmalion and Galatea

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Evil Spirits

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Tower of Labour

The Rodin bronzes were not bad, but they couldn't hold a candle to the Bernini ones. I'm not sure if this was due to skill or to style.
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