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There is no question of Auguste Rodin’s place in art history, but not many understand the full extent of his innovation, nor the challenges that informed his work and made art his special refuge. On our 1.5-2 hour guided tour—no more than 8 people per group—you’ll get the chance to explore the Hotel Biron, the mansion where Rodin lived and to which he bequeathed his own creations and his personal collection.
Our certified guides will give you a detailed look at the man who helped launch modern sculpture, including the struggles and controversies of his complicated life. You’ll learn about his intense interest in the human form with his casts of hands and the compelling “The Walking Man”; you’ll study masterpieces like “The Gates of Hell” and “The Thinker”; and you’ll get familiar with his network of contemporaries, including the French writer Balzac. Once you’re finished with the interior, you’ll explore the beautiful gardens, where more of his sculptures are on display. By the end of the tour, you’ll have an intimate understanding of Rodin, in the very place where he created some of his most celebrated pieces.
Highlights Generally Include (if artwork is not on loan or being restored etc.):
History of the museum
Beginning of Rodin’s career (the Titans, man with the broken nose, etc.)
Public monuments (Burghers of Calais)
Saint John the Baptist; The Call; The Gates of Hell; The Thinker; The Kiss
Tour of the gardens