Emile-Antoine Bourdelle was a student of Rodin, and later became a well known sculptor in his own right. His large-scale works are displayed in the building where he once worked, which was wonderfully renovated by architect Christian de Portzamparc about 10 years ago, near Tour Montparnasse.
Boudelle’s work is at once emotional and graceful – and the museum’s current temporary expo, “A Living Sculpture,” highlights both of these elements, as it explores the artist’s relationship with dancer Isadora Duncan.
Bourdelle first met Duncan in 1903 (Rodin introduced them), but it wasn’t until 1909 that Bourdelle saw Duncan dance on stage. He proclaimed her his muse. Commissioned to decorate the facade for the illustrious Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Bourdelle would watch Duncan’s performances, then return home and sketch for hours.
This five-part expo traces Duncan’s life and career through photographs, artwork, and documents. It examines works by other contemporaries, including Rodin, and examines the relationship between Duncan and Bourdelle through works of art. Until March 14.