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Le Jardin A

Henry J. Simonds, Pittsburgh, PA
March 17, 2010
Ed. of 5 — 22½” x 30”x 1”
Piezo print on archival polymer paper on aluminum
Signed, titled, dated, and numbered on back of mount


The Musée Rodin is located in Paris (France) at 79 rue de Varennes at the crossroad of the Boulevard des Invalides.  The museum was founded in 1919 in the 18th century mansion, l’Hotêl Biron, where Rodin took up residence in 1908. Under the recommendation of his secretary, the poet Rainer Maria Rilke, the artist occupied a suite of south-facing drawing-rooms, using the space as a place to work and entertain. Although the Biron was known at the time as a boarding house for artists - Isadora Duncan, Henri Matisse, and Jean Cocteau among them — it had once been an estate of great opulence and refinement.  When Rodin arrived, the formerly majestic home had come into disrepair and its once celebrated gardens had become overgrown with vines and brush.  Although he continued to live and work at Villa des Brillants in Meudon, Rodin became enchanted by the untamed grounds at his new refuge and filled them with his sculptures.  Many of the same statues still reside at Biron, though today they inhabit a beautifully restored landscape of meandering paths, bubbling fountains, and allées of linden and pleached maple trees like those seen here.
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