One of our group happened to have worked with the grandson of sculptor Antoine Bourdelle, which was how we came to visit Musee Bourdelle, 18 rue Antonine Bourdelle in the Montparnasse area. Bourdelle was a student of Rodin, and later opened his own studio. The musee is housed in his atelier, home and gardens, with additions designed by Portzamparc and Gautruche to house his work and models. Many of the pieces are displayed in the entry garden, and in the private garden behind the atelier. Having little expectation on entry, the sheer scale of the works grips one immediately, with the thought, "how have we not heard about this artist before?" quickly following. Many of Bourdelle's works were public monuments, hence larger than life - very much larger! The hall housing the plaster models dwarfs human beings, even those over 6 feet tall like the two men in our group. There is a very interesting and well-done video in the atelier showing how bronze castings are done. There was also a temporary exhibit (there until February 23, 2014) with photos and drawings of his family life. There is a small fee (6€) for the temporary exhibit, but entry is otherwise free. Although the musee appears very small from street level, once inside, there are many additional connected spaces that make it quite extensive. It is definitely worth the time to visit, and is relatively uncrowded, allowing for leisurely enjoyment of these stunning works.
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