At the end of the 19th century France was in the
throws of a collective fascination and obsession
with all things Japanese. As one of the leading
artists at the time, it was only naturally that Rodin
succumbs to the extraordinary exoticism of the
Japanese culture as well, by collecting its artifacts,
learning its history and studying its principal
talents. At the heart of this riveting exploration
of Rodin's Japanese enthrallment, and it's
subsequent influence on his art, is a striking series
of portraits of the Japanese actress Hanako.
After meeting the remarkable beauty in Marseille in
1906, Rodin devoted himself to the study of her
poses and expression; evolving through clay,
plaster, and bronze, the 26 Hanako sculptures
(accompanied by 26 sketches) on display fully
reveal the artist's genius at capturing the nuances
of human emotion.

Musée Rodin
Rodin, A Japanese Dream
May 16 through September 9, 2007
79 rue de Varenne
75007 Paris
T: + 33 (0)1 44 18 61 10