A short walk to the musée Bourdelle, nestled in the Montparnasse district and dedicated to the life and work of the artist and sculptor Antoine Bourdelle.
A pupil of Rodin
Installed in the house of Antoine Bourdelle (1861-1929), who was a pupil of Rodin and master of Giacometti, it emanates a crazy charm from this place drowned in greenery. He worked there for 44 years: today, sculptures and flowering gardens make it a fascinating place to live and visit, as if the artist had just left. Over the gardens nested in these workshops built of bricks, we discover his workshop remained in its own juice and uncluttered exhibition spaces which serve as a showcase for his works. This museum is an enchanting place where art and nature resonate, plunging us into an extremely soothing meditative state.
Unique exhibition spaces
From the old Bourdelle workshops dating from the 19th century, to the modern extension by Christian de Portzamparc in 1992, the Bourdelle museum offers the public unique exhibition spaces. The intimacy of Bourdelle’s apartment where the sculptor lived and worked, the majesty of the Grand Hall of plasterwork in diffused light, the audacious outline of the modern extension – the visitor discovers the journey of a life and a work, following its rhythm the incessant stylistic and plastic research of the visionary sculptor. Originally from Montauban, Antoine Bourdelle left his hometown for Paris in 1884, and settled in 1885 in Impasse du Maine, in the heart of Montparnasse, once an artists’ quarter at the end of the 19th century. This cul-de-sac, which has since been turned into a street, would remain his workplace until his death in 1929; so much so that the idea of transforming his beloved workshop into a museum emerged in his mind as early as 1922.
18 Rue Antoine Bourdelle,