Hands at the Hotel Biron

by Lindsay Shapka in


Auguste Rodin             Paris, France (Photo taken on 35mm film)

Today marks the birthday of Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) a French sculptur who — in his lifetime — was considered to be one of France's most controversial artists. Though shocking for his time, he is now almost universally acknowledged as the father of modern sculpture.

This stunning piece is located in the elegant 18th-century Hotel Biron, where Rodin lived and worked at the end of his life, and where some of his most impressive works are now kept. His sculpture, perfectly preserved antiques, and paintings by the likes of Renoir, Munch, and Van Gogh fill the crisp white rooms of the hotel. 

Outside, an expansive manicured garden is the home of his most well-known work: Le Penseur (The Thinker).

Considered by Parisians to be one of THE BEST museums in Paris, this beautiful collection of work is well-worth stepping off the beaten-path to visit.