The Musée Rodin

Depiction of a scene from Dante’s Inferno the Gates of Hell and the bronze sculpture The Thinker [La Penseur].

I stumbled upon this post drafted two years ago after our return from Paris. A month later the city was shut down due to the pandemic, and the world developed the routine of “working from home”.

Paris in winter is a wondrous experience, walking under the gray skies with matching gray buildings adds to the illustrious charm of this city. While perusing the sites we came across the Musée Rodin which opened in 1919 to house the works of French sculptor Auguste Rodin. We had the opportunity to view many drawings, paintings, photographs, as well as objets d’art, which Rodin donated to the French State on the condition, they turn his villa into a museum. In the collection were works by Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Vincent van Gogh. A room was dedicated to the works of female artists- Camille Claudel a longtime associate of Auguste Rodin. Her sculptures are most impressive.

After viewing the art my focus went to the gardens around the museum. There is a small lake in the back of the villa where you may sit and enjoy the grounds. I took out my sketch pad and began to draft a few ideas for the gardens at Heath.

View the Musée Rodin online.


A Wiley Winter

IMG_1432 IMG_1450 IMG_1462Just three days before the official start of spring, Winter Storm Wiley roared through the Mid-Atlantic today dropping over a foot of snow in the Northern Virginia area. Since, schools were closed along most of the eastern board with federal offices shut for the fifth time, the storm presented an opportune moment to prep the ultimate comfort foods. And while the food cooked in the oven warming the house I took a few minutes to photograph the storm, as it blew around Heath.

Stay warm,