NANCY: a Rodin in the park (tribute to Claude Lorrain)

It is probably little-known to art lovers that the Pépinière park, off Place Stanislas in Nancy (France) hides among its trees and bushes a fine work by Auguste Rodin, which you can see in the photo below. It is a tribute by one artist to another, Rodin’s homage to the celebrated landscape painter Claude Lorrain (or Claude Gelée – 1600-1682). Claude was actually born in the Lorraine region of which Nancy is the historic capital, at Chamagne, near Mirecourt in what is now the Vosges department. In 1627 he left for Rome, never to return: he pursued his entire artistic career in Italy. He is, however, represented by superb canvases in the city museums at Épinal, capital of the Vosges, and Nancy itself (the museum is a stone’s throw from the park). Rodin’s remarkable monument stands as an embodiment of art as dialogue, and indeed deserves to be better known.

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