The Musée Bourdelle is a museum located within a former artist workshop. The original workshop dated back from the 19th century, offering visitors interesting historical insight into the art world of Paris. Just steps away from the Montparnasse area, the museum specializes in sculpture, with a focus on the process of the artist.
The workshop was the working space of the sculptor Antoine Bourdelle, who was born in 1861. As a young man, the artist studied at the prestigious École des Beaux-Arts (another must-see institution for any art lover in Paris) and then settled into the workshop that is now the Musée Bourdelle. A contemporary of Rodin, Bourdelle found himself, early in his career, collaborating with the artistic genius. In fact, the two men discovered a mutual admiration for each other's work.
After working with Rodin, Bourdelle began to gain quite the reputation in Paris, earning commissions to create sculptures for a number of public and private spaces. His work was also requested throughout France and abroad. The sculptor remained active and in demand right up until his death in 1929.
The Musée Bourdelle therefore pays tribute to the life's work of a talented sculptor. Through sketches, models and sculptures, visitors can learn about Antoine Bourdelle's artistic process and his contribution to art at the turn of the 20th century. Guests staying at one of the Grands Hôtels Parisiens can enjoy this cultural journey during their stay in Paris.