Sunday, 29 March 2015

musée bourdelle


Emile-Antoine Bourdelle (1861-1929) is part of what I call the royal sculptor family. A pupil of Auguste Rodin, he later passed on his knowledge to Alberto Giacometti. It doesn't get much better. Some of the first words that come to mind when you see his work is imposing & romantic, and very eclectic. Although he mostly worked in bronze & marble, you can also find sculptures in clay, plaster, polychrome material & even paintings, sketches & pastels.

There's an obvious inspiration coming from ancient Greek & medieval sculptures and maybe I shouldn't say this, but several of his sculptures actually reminded me of the human/Na'vi hybrids who appear in James Cameron's movie Avatar. I'm very tempted to say that Mr Cameron must have been inspired by Bourdelle' work.

There's a lot to be said about this artist (most of it unrelated to American blockbusters) as he was very prolific, but as this isn't Wikipedia, I'll just tell you about the museum. This little gem should definitely be on the top of your must-see places in Paris. I still can't believe it's taken me so long to go there as it's one of the most beautiful museums I've had the chance to visit.

Located in a little street in the 15th arrondissement near Montparnasse right in the middle of a big architectural confusion of modern & old buildings, the museum is home to the sculptor's original studios & apartment to which a modern extension was added in 1992. And let's not forget the garden of sculptures & the beautiful backyards.

There are so many gems I can't even decide which part is my favourite. Maybe it's the sculpture studio that seems to have remained in its original state & allows you to step back in time where you can almost feel the presence of Bourdelle.

Maybe it's the beautiful Great hall that will surely take your breath away with its grandeur - or at least make you feel very small.

Or maybe it's the backyard, also called the inner garden, a little quiet haven in the shade of the trees where you can admire the sculptures.

You probably have go there to see & decide for yourself.

Free access to the permanent collections. Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday 10am-6pm.

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  1. Stunning place!

  2. Helt fantastisk sted! Ih, hvor er jeg glad hvis dette her betyder at mit "comment" problem er loest ;-)

  3. Superbe ce musée et tu as raison pour Avatar j'y trouve aussi une certaine ressemblance 😉 magnifiques photos ❤️

  4. Ouii, ca y est (inserer danseuse de flamenco) ;-D


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