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"Rodin ? Orsay Museum (2)" Musée d'Orsay Tip by aliante1981

Musée d'Orsay, Paris: 275 reviews and 562 photos


The highlight of the Rodin collection in the Orsay museum is the monumental composition called ‘The Gates of Hell’ (1880 – 1917 – took Rodin quite a considerable amount of time to finish this one). Now, I am not the greatest arts expert in the world (and, besides that, while I was a child I just hated spending hours in the museums – not any more, however, it’s quite a reverse now), but I had an instant sensation that I have already seen… parts of the composition. Yet, here it was in its entirety.

If I ever found out why that was, it’s only because I was humble enough to read up on this sculpture and Rodin in general when I got out of the museum. Actually, what happened was that Rodin included several figures he had already created into the group. The Thinker and The Kiss are the most prominent. The composition’s certainly monumental and somewhat scary – those skulls in the background surprised me rather unpleasantly as I’ve not noticed it in the first instance.

Address: 1 Rue de la Légion d'Honneur, 75007 Paris
Directions: Near Quai Anatole France.
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  • Written Aug 3, 2003
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