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July 10, 2016

Musée Bourdelle

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As I said in my last post, I'm rediscovering the 15th arrondissement. So next up is Musée Bourdelle! Antoine Bourdelle was a french sculptor and painter. He was highly acclaimed by the public and by the critics in 1910 for one of his masterpieces, Heracles Archer (4th photo), which is exhibited in the museum. He was also an art teacher at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris, and some of his students include painter Henri Matisse and sculptor Alberto Giacometti.

With Bourdelle's 19th century studios and Christian de Portzamparc's modern extension from 1992, the musée Bourdelle offers a unique range of exhibition areas, along with welcoming gardens. From the intimacy of Bourdelle's apartment, where the artist worked, to the immensity of the Great Hall full of plaster casts bathed in soft bright light.

The museum is located in the heart of Montparnasse and is open from 10am to 6pm every Tuesday to Sunday (closed on Mondays). The entrance is free for the permanent collection and the museum. For more information, please visit www.bourdelle.paris.fr/en

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