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Rodin’s Fallen Caryatid

This is a photo of me at the Rodin Museum in Paris in December of 1997, and, more importantly, a photo where I extracted the background and left the beautiful Fallen caryatid without a distracting background (or me:).
I first fell in love with this statue when I read “Stranger in a Strange Land” by Robert Heinlein in the 60’s. The following quote is from that book:
“This poor little caryatid has fallen under the load. She’s a good girl—look at her face. Serious, unhappy at her failure, not blaming anyone, not even the gods . . . and still trying to shoulder her load, after she’s crumpled under it. But she’s more than good art denouncing bad art; she’s a symbol for every woman who ever shouldered a load too heavy. But not alone women—this symbol means every man and woman who ever sweated out life in uncomplaining fortitude until they crumpled under their loads. It’s courage, Ben, and victory.” “ ‘Victory’?” “Victory in defeat, there is none higher. She didn’t give up, Ben; she’s still trying to lift that stone after it has crushed her. She’s a father working while cancer eats away his insides, to bring home one more pay check. She’s a twelve-year-old trying to mother her brothers and sisters because mama had to go to Heaven. She’s a switchboard operator sticking to her post while smoke chokes her and fire cuts off her escape. She’s all the unsung heroes who couldn’t make it but never quit. Come. Salute as you pass…”


Rodin Museum Paris Statues

Rodin Museum Paris: Statues and Light

Just wanted to share some of the photos I was able to catch in beautiful light of some of my favorite Rodin statues from Paris. It now seems so long ago! It is a beautiful museum with wonderful gardens and park behind. One of my favorite places in Paris!


Manifestations of Beauty: Rodin’s Lovers Bathed in Afternoon Light

 Rodin’s Lovers Bathed in Afternoon Light


I’ve always loved Rodin, ever since I first read about his “Fallen Caryatid” in Robert Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land (a great book!).

This is a photo I took at the Rodin Museum in Paris,a great museum in a former hotel with a park behind and a wonderful place to visit. I have several others I will post later hopefully!

Moment and Light. The sun was pouring in from a window providing magical lighting for this statue of lovers.  I’ve provided 3 versions of the same photo.  How such beauty can be carved from stone, and how lighting can add to such exquisite beauty is beyond my understanding. I simply wallow in the beauty of it all and am so grateful to have memorialized this moment.