Musée Bourdelle in Paris
Something that we have begun to discover about ourselves is that we are really interested in processes and how things come into fruition, often finding that we favour the mechanics behind something over the final result. Perhaps we are drawn to the 'undone' aesthetic that feels a touch more organic than the considered, refined ending.
Visiting the studios of people we admire has become a way of understanding their thought processes, design choices and just generally learning about how stuff is made. Barbara Hepworth, Jono Smart and Studio Hear Hear have all welcomed into their workspaces (although to be fair Hepworth didn't really have much say in the matter) and we LOVED delving deeper into their worlds.
Musée Bourdelle was on our Paris radar and we walked miles through the snow to see it. The former home, studio and garden of French sculptor Antoine Bourdelle is preserved for display along with over 500 of his works.
We arrived as the light was fading and enjoyed the last whispers of daytime in a cocoon of the most beautiful grey-blue patina and the smell of warm wood. That last sentence really does sound over-the-top but the colours and the snow and all the figurative shapes everywhere made for a really nice feeling.
We loved the way that sculptures were nestled into the courtyard garden and even more-so that the snow seemed to give the leaves the appearance of being made of marble or plaster.
Visit the Musée Bourdelle website to learn about opening times and prices.