In April, I took a special trip to Paris, France with my aunt. With the Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg’s performance of the ballet, Rodin, just a few weeks away at the Auditorium Theatre, I couldn’t miss the opportunity to visit the Musée Rodin to gain unique perspective on Boris Eifman’s newest work.


Located in the former Hôtel Biron, Musée Rodin houses the largest collection of his works as well as a garden. With their strict precision and bright colors, French gardens are beautiful and impressive in spring. Musée Rodin’s is different. The foliage and blooms are more subdued highlighting the bronze monuments of the revered sculptor’s most famous works with glimpses of the Eiffel Tour in the background.

The Thinking Man with
The Eiffel Tour in the background

 

Known for creating works that explore the human body and emotions like love and loss, Boris Eifman could not have selected a better visual artist on which to create a ballet. Similar to dance, I was struck by how simple Rodin’s sculptures were at first glance, and then appreciated the complexity of the work as I processed details like facial expressions, body positions, muscle tones and emotions that are captured. 



The Three Shades – simple shape yet complicated details

I’m excited to watch the Eifman Ballet bring Auguste Rodin, his sculptures and his relationship with his mistress and muse, Camille Claudel to life in a couple weeks. Here are a few more photos from the museum’s gardens, and learn more about them here.

The Gates of Hell – a simple door from a far
can become so much more
Ugolino and His Children



View of Musée Rodin from the north side of the garden
 
 
The detail of the bronze monuments were captivating.
Look at the detail in this opened boot.
 
Me and my aunt in front of The Thinking Man.