The University of Granada has nothing on Rodin’s famous penseur, although they’re welcome to try and if not out-think him, then certainly out-drink him through the 27th of this month. Famous for its university (and the parties that come with the territory of being a school town) and Moorish architecture surrounded by sloping hills and the Andalusian breezes, Granada will host the second leg of the tour of Rodin’s Le Penseur. More commonly known in English as “The Thinker,” the statue has gone on loan from the Musee Rodin in Paris and is making its own miniature Grand Tour. Coming from Malaga, it will next see Valladolid from February 5 through March 30th.
It’s a familiar image, the bronze and marble statue of the man bent in thought. Called the Wagner of sculpture, Rodin is one of France’s most famous sculptors (and no less famous for his affair with fellow artist Camille Claudel). However, it’s even more moving in real-life than on paper. Check out what the artist himself had to say on the work:
“The Thinker has a story. In the days long gone by I conceived the idea of the Gates of Hell. Before the door, seated on the rock, Dante thinking of the plan of the poem behind him… all the characters from the Divine Comedy. This project was not realized. Thin ascetic Dante in his straight robe separated from all the rest would have been without meaning. Guided by my first inspiration I conceived another thinker, a naked man, seated on a rock, his fist against his teeth, he dreams. The fertile thought slowly elaborates itself within his brain. He is no longer a dreamer, he is a creator.”
Here’s the really cool thing: instead of going to another museum, the statue (along with several other Rodin pieces) is parking out on Puerta Real, one of Granada’s most famous streets. Free for the viewing, and safe under 24-hour security. Not bad for its first trip outside of the museum.
Thanks, Lolo & Ole!
Le Penseur / The Thinker
Puerta Real, Granada