Private Rodin Museum Tour
LivTours Private Rodin Museum Tour gives you the opportunity to explore the collection of what many refer to as the “French Michelangelo” with an expert private guide at your side. Auguste Rodin is certainly one of France’s most influential sculptors. The Museum, located inside the opulent Hôtel Biron, was occupied by other famous artistic Parisians like Cocteau, Matisse, Isadora Duncan, and Westhoff. Originally Rodin had rented just four south-facing rooms on the ground floor overlooking the unruly gardens, which influenced a number of his paintings, until 1911 when he took over the entire building.
Poor vision meant that a young Rodin could not follow lessons at school on the blackboard, so he took to drawing. This practice paid off as his improvement was notable and when he was 13 he started attending drawing lessons. Sadly, his application to the Fine Arts School of Paris was rejected three times, and, thinking he was not to be an artist, he pursued a career in decorative arts which entailed preparing public statues for the quickly modernizing Paris. This set back from his artistic career lasted nearly twenty years, making Rodin a man in his 40s before his sculptures were getting international recognition.
In the company of your private guide, you will have the opportunity to explore the extensive and charming sculpture gardens, as well as admire the countless precious artworks and artifacts from Rodin’s legendary career. With an expert LivTours guide by your side, you will learn the stories behind Rodin’s masterworks and his revolutionary technique.
Come explore the museum of who many would say is the pioneer of modern sculpture!
- Discover Rodin’s vast collection of ancient artifacts and Impressionist paintings
- Learn about Auguste Rodin’s most influential sculptures from your private guide
- Savor the elegance of Rodin’s, other famous artists’ former studio - the Hôtel Biron
- Explore a special museum wing dedicated to the trailblazing sculptor Camille Claudel
- Walk through the heavenly and alluring sculpture garden perfect for picture taking
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Often considered the “French Michelangelo,” Auguste Rodin is unquestionably one of France’s most influential sculptors. The best way for tourists to fully appreciate Rodin’s genius is to book a tour of Paris’s Rodin Museum. Located inside the opulent Hôtel Biron, the Rodin Museum contains countless precious artworks and artifacts from Rodin’s legendary career. With an expert LivTours guide by your side, you will learn the stories behind Rodin’s masterworks and his revolutionary technique.
Your LivTours Private Rodin Museum in Paris Tour will begin inside the sumptuous Hôtel Biron, which is a short walk from Les Invalides. Auguste Rodin used this building as his primary studio near the end of his life. Shortly before his death in 1917, Rodin bequeathed thousands of his sculptures to the French government for safekeeping. The Rodin Museum now houses thousands of Rodin’s most iconic sculptures as well as archival documents, photos, and stunning artworks from Rodin’s personal art collection.
As you explore the many works housed inside the Hôtel Biron, you will learn how Rodin’s realistic style shocked the 19th-century art establishment. Amazingly, critics once speculated Auguste Rodin placed molds directly on human models to make his sculptures so lifelike. Rodin’s first major sculpture to spark this controversy was The Age of Bronze, which was partially inspired by Michelangelo’s Slaves.
While admiring the Rodin sculptures currently on display, take a few moments to look through the many photographs, paintings, and artifacts from Rodin’s personal collection. As Rodin achieved fame later in life, he began to acquire many significant works from the Ancient World as well as paintings by famous contemporary artists like Monet, Van Gogh, and Charles Cottet. A few rare paintings that are sometimes on display include Vincent van Gogh’s Portrait of Père Tanguy and Monet’s Belle-Île.
In addition to housing Rodin’s sculptures and art collection, the Rodin Museum has a special wing dedicated to the work of Camille Claudel. A revolutionary sculptor in her own right, Claudel studied in Rodin’s studio in the late 19th century. If it’s not on loan, then you might get to see Claudel’s masterpiece The Mature Age, which some critics speculate was inspired by her affair with Rodin.
When you finish your tour inside Hôtel Biron, your guide will lead you outside to the beautifully arranged sculpture garden. Here you might get to see a few works from Rodin’s unfinished Gates of Hell series such as the world-renowned Thinker. You might also get to see a cast of the Burghers of Calais, which depicts a powerful scene of self-sacrifice during the Hundred Years’ War. Spend as much time as you need in this relaxing garden before heading back to the streets of Paris.
- Guided tour of Rodin Museum in Paris
- Rodins The Age of Bronze
- Art by Monet, Van Gogh, and Charles Cottet
- Works by Camille Claudel
- Rodin’s Gates of Hell series
- Rodins Thinker
- Cast of the Burghers of Calais
- Fully guided experience
- Due to these unprecedented times and ongoing safety and regulation changes, some sites may have limited accessibility if the venue can not guarantee social distancing which may lead to unforeseen tour modifications. Thank you for your understanding.
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"We had booked LivTours' tours to both the Louvre and the Musee D'Orsay on a previous visit to Paris. This time, we wanted to see the Rodin Museum and knew that we would only do it with livTours. As in the past, we were extremely pleased with the organization, warmth and professionalism of this tour company and of their guides. There are some really wonderful pieces in the Rodin museum and our guide made this visit so much more meaningful. We certainly recommend this tour and this company to anyone visiting Paris."
Denise Dunn - USA