With a few more weeks left of summer break and for those lucky ones (still) in Paris, here is an activity that will delight little and big ones as they stroll through the mesmerizing garden of the Musée Rodin.
As an artist, Auguste Rodin spent his life focused on movement. He used to say: “I always tried to convey internal feelings through the representation of muscles in motion”. In his study and depiction of the human body, Rodin spent hours and hours observing how it moves. His work on limbs was fundamental. He kept and accumulated pieces of arms, hands, legs and feet (the “bozzetti” or “abattis” in French) from his work and studies. From these bozzettis made of clay and plaster he drew inspiration. He constantly reinvented uses for his bozzettis: assembling, enlarging, separating or recycling them. From his “Porte de l’Enfer” that you can see in the garden arose many great pieces that were either enlarged or reduced and singled out, such as “Le Penseur”, “Les Ombres” – without their hands on the Porte de l’Enfer but reassembled in the stand alone piece – and many others that you can see scattered around the garden.
> See if you can identify to which sculptures the following hands and feet belong.
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