Auguste Rodin’s works are on display at the Musée Rodin in Paris, formerly the Hotel Biron mansion, where he lived and worked from 1908 until his death in 1917. In addition to his drawings, Rodin’s works include brass and marble sculptures that depict great emotion, strength, and beauty, probably a result of his troubled childhood.
Rodin had very poor eyesight, which affected his school work because he was unable to see the blackboard examples. Feeling dejected, he turned to drawing for comfort. Fortunately, he was able to see his drawings since he was nearsighted, and eventually his work focused on sculptures.
Although he was rejected three times by Paris’ prestigious art school, Ecole des Beaux-Arts, he remains one of France’s most famous sculptors. Before his death, Rodin donated his works to France and many are displayed at the Musée Rodin in Paris.
Approaching the entrance to the museum, it is astonishing to see that one of Rodin’s greatest works, "The Thinker", is displayed in the gardens to the right of the building. The view is delightful, with the dome of Napoleon’s tomb in the background.
Moving to the inside of the museum, another of Rodin’s outstanding sculptures, "Le Baiser" or "The Kiss" depicts the sensuous aspects of his works: the marble sculpture appears lifelike. "The Kiss" was one of the sculptures featured at the Academy of Arts in London, England. Surprises await in the grounds behind the museum. In addition to the lovely fountain and gardens, sculptures are displayed throughout. Another of Rodin’s famous sculptures, the "Burghers of Calais," stands close to the rear of the museum. It is indeed exciting to view the sculptures so close at hand.
Finally, the historic site is utilized for modern events as well. The museum grounds were the sight of Christian Dior: Garden Arrivals - Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2012.