Bourdelle soon became a popular teacher, both at Rodin's place
and at his own studio, where many future prominent artists attended his classes.
And for more than forty years he produced most of his major works in his workshops,
becoming one of the 20th century pioneers of monumental sculpture, which we now have the
pleasure of being able to visit.
You will be able to find the Musee Bourdelle in a small street between the Gare
Montparnasse and the offices of Le Monde, the famous French newspaper in the 15th
Arrondissement of Paris.
The museum was inaugurated back in 1949 to display Emile Antoine Bourdelle's works and
preserve the complete site where he had resided all those years ago, but in 1992 there was
an extension added. Designed by Christian de Portzamparc, the extension enabled the
museum to display all of Bourdelle's work and so now it is even more complete.
For all to view are absolutely hundreds of different statues in bronze, marble and
plaster, along with paintings, pastels, and sketches. Plus this museum also includes
the personal collection of Bourdelle, which occupies the workshop, residence and gardens
of the museum that you can wander round at your leisure.
He enjoyed studying Beethoven and you will able to see this amongst the many exhibits on
display, which gives you a greater impact on the genious that Emile Antoine Bourdelle was.
Within the collection it also includes a casting of probably one of his most famous
pieces, the Dying Centaur.
The museum exhibits are displayed in such a way as to give a feel for not just the artist,
but also how diverse Bourdelle was, including cardboard frescos that were designed for the
Champs Elysees Theatre. Although it
seems as though there is not always enough information with the exhibits to provide a
The museum does also hold temporary exhibitions, so there is always something different to
view alongside the permanent exhibition.
And if booked in advance, it is possible to have guided tours, lectures or to arrange a
special tour for the disabled, but in general visits for all the family are available from
a Tuesday through to a Sunday.
There are also activity workshops available both for adults and children, which are
available on specific dates or by booking prior, however, please note that this museum is
closed on Monday's and opens from 10am, closing at 6pm on all other days.
Address & Contact Details:
18 Rue Antoine Bourdelle
Telephone: 1 49 54 73 73