Gates of Hell, Plaster
Musée d´Orsay, Paris
62 rue de Lille
F-75007 Paris, France
Tel. +33 - 1 - 40 49 48 14
Conservateur en chef: Françoise Heilbrun
The Museum was created to show art, related to the period 1848-1914.
Rodin occupies the entire end of the terrace. The museum presents four
models, including the plaster versions of The Gates of Hell and of Balzac.
The Balzac statue caused such as scandal that Rodin lost the
commission. Only in 1939 a bronze cast was erected on the boulevard
The works are on loan from the Rodin museum in exchange for the works
sent from the Musée du Luxembourg to the Rodin museum for its opening
in 1919. Sculptures by Bourdelle, Maillol, Bernard and Pompon finish off
In 1995, the Musée d'Orsay exhibited the three known marble versions of
The Kiss together so that it was possible to observe that the main
differences lay in the way the blocks were carved and the degree of
The exhibition assembled by the Musee d'Orsay testifies to the career of
Nijinski through the work of Rodin, Cocteau, Kokoschka, Mogdigliani and
Chagall who tried to capture the elusive quality of Nijinsky's dance
genius. The show in collaboration with the Dansmuseen in Stockholm also
includes some of Nijinski's own drawings.
See the list
of 20 Rodin works at the Musée d´Orsay.