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The Rodin Museum 
7th-Mar-2004 07:35 pm
knitting sketch
Forgot all about this when I posted about the day of Museum visits (Sunday 29th February). After the Consciergerie and Petit Chapel, we had lunch in Angelina's, which advertises itself as a Restaurant Salon de The Instead of desert with our late lunch, we had patisserie, with proper English tea (leaves, not bags) in a teapot. This must be the first place in Paris where I haven't had to teach the staff how to make the tea.

MWNN leaving Angelina's stuffed full patisserie.

Then it was on to the Rodin Museum, which was an eye-opener, to say the least. I experienced the same sort of surprise at seeing the famous Kiss that I got when I first saw Blake's paintings. With Blake, I was expecting BIG canvasses, the smallest print I'd ever seen was A4. What Blake did was small, very small - he was an engraver, an illustrator for his books. With the Rodin, I expected the smoothness of a bronze, the chisel marks on the stone took me completely by surprise. His bronze working studies are very fine, but I was more impressed by the woman (I'll remember her name in a minute - Camille Claudel) who did the Waltz, the Wave, and Maturity, than anything of Rodin's. Camille Claudel's work
7th-Mar-2004 03:26 pm (UTC)
She has big feet.
7th-Mar-2004 03:59 pm (UTC)
That was the other surprising thing about the Rodin sculptures, he tampered with perspective in similar ways to painters. You remember that painting of the woman with the impossibly long back, where the Ingres gave her extra vertebrae?
8th-Mar-2004 03:38 am (UTC)
I've thought long and hard and I've to come up with an intelligent reply. So I'll just say that I bet she could get in some interesting positions.
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