What a brilliant and talented artist. He ended up with assembly line type production of his pieces. Did you know about 300 bronzes of The Kiss exist? I guess he had to increase the output in order to be able to pay for the process.
He worked in clay, wax, plaster, bronze and marble. But it wasn’t always his hands. Sure, it all started in his noggin. But he had a full team of artists and artisans who did much of the work – the rote work and details – to allow him time to be creative and visionary. He even had a contraption to allow someone to scale up a model in clay. There’s a great article on the website of the Victoria and Albert museum in London. (The website is virtual…) (duh) http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/a/rodin-working-methods/
He was a very savvy businessman.
So of course you know about the Musee Rodin in the heart of Paris. It was recently closed for renovation for several years and reopened last fall. I love the place. And you will recall I have purchased tickets so I can drop in the gardens for an afternoon here and there.
Turns out he also had other places he made his art. In Meudon, just south west of Paris, he purchased a house and set up a studio. Small house. Big studio. Great view – would be better in the winter when the trees don’t have leaves.
On display were many of the plaster casts. So the guy was also brilliant – he saved the plaster casts and would reuse them – putting a foot or hand or arm onto a different torso… But the display case with the tiny arms and legs was a bit creepy.
I thought he was a great sculptor. Now I am totally in awe of him.
We got there on a bus, (through the Bois de Boulogne) (went by the Gehry Louis Vuitton Foundation Museum which strangely enough now has colored panels on its exterior… I don’t care for it), then a tram (like lite rail) and Uber. We came back via Uber, and two buses. The view from the bus is so interesting. And from the tram. A new goal for this year is to circumnavigate Paris by tram. The trams are almost like a business loop freeway but they don’t totally connect yet.