Nothing comes out of nothing. Every work of art is the fruit of mixed influences, diverse and more or less ancient. Bourdelle’s sculptures do not escape this truth. And it was from the most ancient Greece that he drew his inspiration. Until February 4,2018,”Bourdelle et l’ Antique, une passion moderne”, at the Musée Bourdelle, invites you to follow the artist’s progress, then at the height of his art.
From the 1890s to the 1920s, Bourdelle explored, innovated and returned to the “origins”, paradoxically giving his work a new impetus of modernity. We speak of “modern archaism”. Myths, fabulous figures, archaic Greek art, become inexhaustible sources of inspiration.
From this work will be born the most beautiful works of Bourdelle, realized between 1900 and 1914: Pallas, Apollo in combat, Heracles Archer, Cleopatra’s Head, The Fruit, Penelope waiting for Ulysses, Centaurus dying…
The master’s disciples, who share his studio, follow in his footsteps, seeking in their turn in this ancient past tracks likely to enrich their works. Puvis de Chavannes and his goddesses, Picasso and his swimmers, Maillol and his Mediterranean, Matisse and his Serpentine find their natural place in this exhibition.
In the same way, the creations of other artists such as Bonnard, Brancusi, Modigliani, Rodin come to confront Bourdelle’s sculptures. A total of 150 major works are on display in the 15th arrondissement’s workshop-museum.
To change the ordinary, opt for a theatrical visit of the exhibition, animated by an actor, art historian. No reservations are required, but please note that this tour is only available on Saturdays and Sundays.
You can find all useful information on the museum’s website: http://www.bourdelle.paris.fr.