September 25, 2008

La Belle France

I love the formal gardens of France; there's something about the symmetry and order of a well designed (and meticulously maintained) landscape that makes me feel balanced and inspired. One of my new favorites is the garden of the Hôtel Biron at the Musée Rodin. The contrast of Rodin's raw and emotionally wrought figures and the restrained elegance of the surrounding gardens made iconic works such as The Gates of Hell and The Burghers of Calais seem much more alive and interesting (to me at least!).

Musée Rodin
77, Rue Varenne
75007 Paris, France
+33 1 44 18 61 10

(The image at top is from the Musée Rodin Website. After Jean-François Blondel, Plan of the courts and gardens of the Hôtel Biron, after 1752, Pen and water colour with traces of graphite.)