Saturday, June 19, 2010

Rodin / d'Orsay

 Auguste Rodin's The Thinker : Musée Rodin : Paris, FR

Part of the point of the trip to Paris was to meet up with friends. Over my many years of blogging and participating in various email list communities, I've enjoyed meeting some of the people from those venues. This trip included meeting friends Aitch and Jay for the very first time, reconnecting with friend Chanson from Zurich, and having this Paris trip coincide with the visit of fellow photoblogger Virginia of Birmingham Daily Photo and Paris Through My Lens. We also had the pleasure of becoming acquainted with Virginia's friends, Mary, Gennie, and Marie. Today's activities feature a double bill: visits to the Rodin and Orsay Museums.

Nature as Art : Musée Rodin : Paris, FR

It was a lot of fun to see Rodin's work up close and personal, though I must say the building housing these masterpieces is in serious need of restoration. The Orsay, on the other hand, has to be one of the most beautiful buildings I've seen in Paris. Formally the Paris-Orleans train station, it has been restored and repurposed as a museum. Unfortunately, the Musée d'Orsay does not allow photography so I can't show you a personally-taken photo of the amazing clock that hangs over the main hall or Jean-Francoise Millet's The Gleaners (a needlepoint replica of which hung in my late maternal grandmother's home in Green River, Wyoming. It was neat to see, though, and made me think of my grandma and her artistry and love of art.)

Photo copyright: Janet M Kincaid, 6/10


Kathleen Anne said...

Janet I had the opportunity to go to the Rodin and Orsay when I was in Paris also. I loved your photos of the Rodin the seemed to take me straight back to those wonderful gardens and museum. Thank you for sharing!

Cele said...

I've never been there, thank you for the pictures that let me see inside a place I may never go. I love the hands, simple yet they speak volumes.

Mr. J said...

I too was disappointed this week when I couldn't take any photos of the Musee d'Orsay's architecture. Then again, judging by the number of flashes and rude people in the Louvre with their cameras, I can't say that I blame them.