Hector Guimard and Art Nouveau at the Musee d’Orsay, Paris

You may know the work of Hector Guimard if you are familiar with his iconic Paris Metro signs and stations.

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What you may not know is that the Musee d’Orsay has a fabulous collection of his furniture.  The collection also includes outstanding furniture by other Art Nouveau artists.

Here is just a glimpse of some of the wonders I saw:

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The Rodin Museum, Paris

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What a glorious place in Paris!

What a glorious winter afternoon! January 2020. So glad I came to Paris, despite the record breaking long strikes of the Metro system and other things.

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What a glorious city!

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The Gates of Hell:

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The Burghers of Calais:

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The Musée Rodin was opened in 1919, primarily dedicated to the works of the French sculptor Auguste Rodin. It has two sites: the Hôtel Biron and surrounding grounds in central Paris, as well as just outside Paris at Rodin’s old home, the Villa des Brillants at Meudon, Hauts-de-Seine. The collection includes 6,600 sculptures, 8,000 drawings, 8,000 old photographs and 7,000 objets d’art. The museum receives 700,000 visitors annually.

From 1908, while living in the Villa des Brillants, Rodin used the Hôtel Biron as his workshop.  He subsequently donated his entire collection of sculptures – along with paintings  that he owned by Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir to the French State on the condition that they turn the buildings into a museum dedicated to his works.

The Musée Rodin contains most of Rodin’s significant creations. Many of his sculptures are displayed in the museum’s extensive garden. The museum includes a room dedicated to the works of Camille Claudel and one of her two castings of The Mature Age.

The gardens around the museum building contain many of the famous sculptures in natural settings. Behind the museum building are a small lake and casual restaurant. Additionally, the nearby Métro stop, Varenne, features some of Rodin’s sculptures on the platform.