One of the most enchanting ateliers in Paris is French sculptor Antoine Bourdelle‘s faithfully preserved studio housed within the Musée Bourdelle – the former living, working and teaching space of the late artist. Bourdelle (1861-1929), an assistant to Auguste Rodin and teacher to Alberto Giacometti, was a successful artist in his own right, having received recognition and fame for his unique sculptural and relief works.
The Musée Bourdelle is tucked within a quiet street in the heart of Montparnasse, comprised of three sanctuary-like gardens and large adjoining rooms dedicated to showcasing many of Bourdelle’s monumental works. I found the intimate space of his atelier to be the jewel of the museum, filled with busts, old wooden tables and fragments from his collections and studies; it is here – in the jumble of varied materials and works of marble, plaster and bronze, under a soft light filtering in from the garden illuminating large pockets of the room with chipped walls – where you feel Bourdelle in your midst having just stepped out to grab a few tools…
18, rue Antoine Bourdelle