Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Simplicity and Complexity in the Musée Rodin

In April, I took a special trip to Paris, France with my aunt. With the Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg's performance of the ballet, Rodin, just a few weeks away at the Auditorium Theatre, I couldn't miss the opportunity to visit the Musée Rodin to gain unique perspective on Boris Eifman's newest work.

Located in the former Hôtel Biron, Musée Rodin houses the largest collection of his works as well as a garden. With their strict precision and bright colors, French gardens are beautiful and impressive in spring. Musée Rodin's is different. The foliage and blooms are more subdued highlighting the bronze monuments of the revered sculptor's most famous works with glimpses of the Eiffel Tour in the background.

The Thinking Man with
The Eiffel Tour in the background

Known for creating works that explore the human body and emotions like love and loss, Boris Eifman could not have selected a better visual artist on which to create a ballet. Similar to dance, I was struck by how simple Rodin's sculptures were at first glance, and then appreciated the complexity of the work as I processed details like facial expressions, body positions, muscle tones and emotions that are captured. 


The Three Shades - simple shape yet complicated details
I'm excited to watch the Eifman Ballet bring Auguste Rodin, his sculptures and his relationship with his mistress and muse, Camille Claudel to life in a couple weeks. Here are a few more photos from the museum's gardens, and learn more about them here.
The Gates of Hell - a simple door from a far
can become so much more
Ugolino and His Children


View of Musée Rodin from the north side of the garden


The detail of the bronze monuments were captivating.
Look at the detail in this opened boot.

Me and my aunt in front of The Thinking Man.

2 comments:

Dorothy Nygren said...

I enjoyed the way you finished your blog post with a mirrored reflection of the Thinking Man. Truly you are the thinking woman in considering the complex relation between the artist and his audience, whether as a sculptor or as a choreographer.

Dorothy Nygren said...

I enjoyed the way you used a mirrored reflection of the Thinking Man to conclude your blog post. Truly you are the thinking woman in considering the relationship between an artist and his/her audience, whether as a sculptor or as a choreographer.

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