What a surprise to walk through the center archway into the starkly beautiful Court of Honor and find it dominated by Rodin's The Thinker!
After lunch in the very charming museum cafe, I meandered through the permanent collections and photographed a few pieces.
Having grown up in Philadelphia, I spent a lot of time at the Rodin Museum there, and was delighted to see that the Legion of Honor has an extensive Rodin collection beyond The Thinker in the courtyard, all magnificently displayed in two private rotundas.
|Auguste Rodin / The Three Shades / 1880|
|Jacopo Pontorino, Italy / Madonna and Child with Two Angels / 1445-1557|
|Modigliani - his approach and canvas surface texture is so unique!|
|Joos van Cleve, Dutch / Lucretia / 1525 - her face is utterly remarkable. I could have spent an hour looking only at that.|
|Peter Paul Reubens / 1612 / The Tribute Money|
|Rembrandt! / Joris de Caulerii / 1632. The depth of insight into this gentleman displayed by Rembrandt's brush is nothing short of miraculous.|
|Frns Hal, Dutch / Portrait of a Gentleman in White / 1635. A stunning portrait that dominates the gallery it is in. It made me gasp when I saw it.|
|Gustav Courbet / The Wave / 1869 - his brushwork deeply influenced Monet|
|Jules B LePage / Sarah Bernhardt / 1879. I am not familiar with this artist but this portrait is so breathtaking and so exquisitely done. She is a presence to be reckoned with.|
|Louis Maurice Boutet de Monvei / Portrait of a Man / 1875. Another unfamiliar artist that did an awe inspiring portrait.|
|A gallery with a large Monet Waterlilies|