From the d’Orsay, we wander through a portion of elegant St Germain des Pres. It is a quiet afternoon in this lovely, upscale neighborhood.
The gardens have been altered in the years since Rodin spent time here, but they make a lovely setting for his dramatic sculpture.
Despite the grim scenes many of these works portray, it is the faces that that strike me most. Rodin’s genius with the human figure and, especially, facial features is clearly evident as we admire the Gates of Hell (so incongruous in this lovely setting),
the individual figures of the Burghers of Calais,
and the Thinker, considering hell from his perch high above the rose garden.
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