Prayer, by Auguste Rodin. B&W photos are “argentic”, Ilford on Asahi-Pentax, 1981. Colour photos from 2016, after the Rodin Museum renovation. (Iphone, hehe!)
As I digitalized my old B&W pix and compared them to the “new ones”, I was surprised I’d taken almost the exact same shots. “Young woman with a hat”.
The same young girl, almost two centuries after the model was born. The glass case may protect the sculpture from the visitors’ hands, but doesn’t help the photographer. Imagine her, strolling in Rodin’s garden, with a long dress, and her hat covered with coloured flowers. Her name was Rose Beuret (1844-1917), a seamstress and “Blanchisseuse”. She was Rodin’s… “common-law wife” one might say? They married in 1917, a few weeks before her death. Rodin didn’t survive her much.
Thanks to Gilles for her name. I didn’t know of her existence. Do visit Gilles very witty cartoons (in English and French) here:
The headdress is more “working class. A maid perhaps? The head carved out of massive marble piece. The body never emerged. See the softness of the skin, the eyes lost in thought, hammered out of rough stone. Sculptors probably say: “The head was inside the stone”.
A little-known Van Gogh. Le père Tanguy. (Old man Tanguy) 1887. Only one year after van Gogh had left Holland. This is the third portrait of Julien Tanguy, an art supplies dealer and sometimes art merchant. He was one of the first to offer Van Gogh’s paintings for sale. See the inclusion of Japanese motifs in the painting. European painters had been fascinated by the discovery of Japanese woodblocks after the opening of Japan in the 1850’s.
(I am always ingrigued to see what other works, artists like Rodin, or Monet, or Maillol, bought and liked. Tells us a bit more about them)
Rodin. Not sure about the subject. in the 80’s, film was expensive, you couldn’t just shoot the legend as well. Could be Marianne, the symbol of the French Republic.
Those are Greek or Roman small heads at the Musée Rodin. Probably all that was left of small statues. Again, we can see another source of inspiration for Rodin.
Same goes. ‘Need to go back to the museum for the legend. I’ll keep you posted. Again, as in the previous post, I find Rodin’s sense of movement quite unique. Not many sculptors have achieved that.
‘Illusion’, Icarus’ sister. Got the legend. c.1984-96. And the things you learn: that piece was carved out by Alexandre Pézieux, Rodin’s assistant.
Test runs. Rodin Museum. (As all these two posts)
Renoir and Rodin. Can’t fail with Renoir, can you?
Allow me to present Rodin’s most famous work: The thinker. That shot was taken in February 81. Winter light. The Invalides, where Napoleon’s tomb is, stands in the background. The scene today is a tad different. The trees have grown, the statue is almost entirely shrouded in green. Side note: Napoleon’s tomb will take 130, 000 Euros to renovate. About 150k$. Care to donate? The French State is broke. Public debt will reach close to 120% of GDP soon.
Rodin’s Thinker by Edvard Munch. Remember “The scream”? In Dr Linde’s park, Lübeck. Magical name, Lübeck. Ask me not why. (There are several original copies around the world)
Flea market at Saint-Ouen. The thinker has inspired many artists. Maybe he should be included in Political sciences classes across the globe? Let me make sure I get my point clear: politicos ain’t thinkin’ no more… (did they ever, actually?)
Back to the original thinker. Musée Rodin, Paris. February 1981. Old B&W 35mm negative scan.
Thank you for strolling along in Rodin’s gardens, courtesy of Equinoxio’s Time-Space shuttle. Until next time. 🙏🏻😷