Think life was hard for the Impressionists at the start of their career ? What about one of the greatest geniuses of sculpture being refused entry to the Beaux Arts School three times ?
Having been repeatedly told he wasn't good enough, Rodin had to make a living carving doorways, like a mere craftman. At nearly 40 years of age, he finally received an official commission, the recognition needed to be seen, at last, as an artist !
"His head is on his fist, he wonders. Fertile thoughts slowly rise in his mind. He is not a dreamer. He is a creator." - Rodin, describing the Thinker.
The visit will be a journey from rejection to consecration. How a man at first repudiated could transform sculpture, alone, as much as several artists, the Impressionists, did to painting. We will be in awe at a man's perseverance and creativity, wonder why he was overlooked, and realise why he always had a copy of Dante's Divine comedy in his pocket.
We will also discover the great work and tragic life of Camille Claudel, Rodin's assistant and lover. He said of her "I told her where she could find gold, but the gold she found was her own".
It is possible to combine the visit with the nearby Orsay museum, where other Rodin works are shown.