Honour Rodin with your children

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November 2017 – the 100th anniversary of Auguste Rodin’s disappearance

Almost 100 years ago to the day, Auguste Rodin, an illustrious French artist of the 19th and 20th centuries, died. This is why, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his death, the Rodin Museum in Paris and the Rodin Museum in Meudon are organising a free commemorative day this Friday, November 17, 2017. This is the perfect opportunity to introduce your children to Art because, after all, there is no age to start with!

WanderWorld looks back at Rodin’s work and tells you all about the program of commemorations of his death.

Auguste Rodin – the artist with 7000 sculptures

You may have already had the opportunity recently to discover the story of Rodin, played by Vincent Lindon in Jacques Doillon’s film released this year.

Auguste Rodin is considered one of the fathers of modern sculpture. From his first sculpture at the age of 20 to his retrospective exhibition in 1900, the Age of Airain and the Thinker, Rodin has made about 7000 sculptures. In the end, his work also includes some 10,000 drawings and 10,000 photographs.

Auguste Rodin, “The Thinker, on a marquee element,” 1881-1888. © Rodin Museum (photo Hervé Lewandowski)


Rodin’s main subject is the human body. It is available in different materials from clay to marble and in different size scales. In fact, Rodin was the first sculptor to choose to represent only body parts rather than a whole body. He thus went against the current of the art of his time. He voluntarily leaves some works unfinished and reassembles others to create new works.

Rodin Museum: The commemorations in Paris and Meudon


Such a prolific artist certainly deserved to be commemorated for the centenary of his death.

Respectively Rodin’s birthplace and death, Paris and Meudon both have a museum in honour of the artist. Many of the works were donated to the state by the artist himself before his death. Naturally, both cities participate in the commemorations of the centenary of the sculptor’s death.

The program is a source of joy for the artist’s fans. The day will begin at 11:00 a.m. with a tribute to the artist’s tomb in Meudon. Then, visits of the collections in music and inauguration of the Mirabeau route in Paris. Finally, fireworks above the Garden of the Rodin Paris Museum at 7:45 p.m. to close the day. It should please your children, that’s for sure!



Practical information

Opening times: 10am-8pm in Paris, 11am-6pm Meudon
For more information, visit the Rodin Museum website:

Following in Rodin’s footsteps in Paris. Your children will be delighted to note on their checklist of their Paris travel diary that they have carried out this activity.

Rodin has left us a large number of remarkable works, of which a dozen are scattered throughout Paris. The Figaroscope of March 22, 2017 dedicated a file to Rodin in which a map allows to follow the traces of the sculptor in the capital(see the complete file here):




Like a track game, don’t hesitate to retrace Rodin’s career through his works.

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