:: Metamorphoses: in Rodin’s Studio ::

“It’s very simple, my drawings are the key to my work.”
–François Auguste René Rodin (1840-1917)

Went to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts to see Rodin’s Metamorphoses Exhibit and it was inspiring, in a 3D kind of way. It was actually daunting to see minuscule sculptures and enormous ones… they actually took my breath away. The exhibition is divided into many facets, such as the Creation Laboratory, The Cups, Scale of the Infinite, Marbles & Practitioners, Didactic Room, Models, Bronzes & Founders, Druet/Bourdelle and Hannah & Arcand and yes for Quebecers, it is “the” Denys Arcand film director, screen writer & producer extraordinaire! I drew in pencil Marianne Russell’s Wearing a helmet, or Indian Bacchus which Rodin created in 1888.

While I was drawing Marianne, a little girl of about 6 years old was looking over my shoulder and asking me questions, for the whole time that I was sketching this. I wondered where her parents were as she seemed alone for at least half an hour. Anyway, she looked very closely at what I was drawing and then remarked: “Are you copying what you are seeing?” and I answered: “I am trying to copy, to the best of my ability”. She seemed to be toying with the idea that “copying” was ok I guess -))) While all of this was happening, Suzanne Marinier, a fellow Montreal Urban Sketcher suddenly appeared at my side and sat next to me and we spoke for a few minutes. As I was nearing the end of viewing the exhibit, I noted another Montreal Urban Sketcher, France, and I saluted her… and we spoke for a while! It was nice to encounter other sketchers -)))


Je suis allée au Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal pour voir Métamorphoses, l’exposition de Rodin. C’était intimidant de voir de minuscules sculptures justaposées à  d’énorme/gigantesques sculptures… à couper le souffle en réalité. L’exposition est divisée en plusieurs facettes comme le Laboratoire Création, Les Coupes, Échelle de l’infini, Marbres et praticiens, Chambre didactique, Modèles, Bronzes, Druet/Bourdelle et Hannah & Arcand et pour les Québécois, Arcand c’est bien “le” réalisateur Denys Arcand, écrivain, scénariste et producteur à l’écran extraordinaire! J’ai dessiné au crayon Marianne Russell que Rodin a créé en 1888.

Alors que je dessinais Marianne, une petite fille d’environ 6 ans regardait par dessus mon épaule et me posait des questions. Je me demandais où ses parents étaient comme elle semblait seule pendant tout ce temps… argh! Quoi qu’il en soit, elle a regardé de très près ce que je dessinais et a ensuite remarqué: «Est-ce que vous copiez ce que vous voyez?” et je répondis: «Oui je copie, mais je préfère dire que j’observe, au meilleur de mes capacités.” Elle semblait être perplexe à l’idée que «la copie» était ok je suppose -))) Suzanne Marinier, une compagne des Montréal Urban Sketchers est soudainement apparue à côté de moi et nous avons jasé une couple de minutes. Ensuite, comme j’approchais la fin de l’exposition, j’ai rencontré une autreMontréal Urban Sketchers, France, et nous avons piqué une jasette! Très agréable de rencontrer tant de gens qui ont les mêmes affinités -))) Ensuite j’ai vu une ancienne copine de Valleyfield — yeah!

Paper: Moleskine Sketchbook
Location: Montreal Museum of Fine Arts



About Jane Hannah

Canadian graphic artist, painter, sketcher, typographer, calligrapher and teacher at Cégep John Abbott College in Québec, Canada. Jane Hannah also has a website for her students at www.gimligraphics.com and a main blog at www.janehannah.com. She is also part of the Montreal Urban Sketchers.
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6 Responses to :: Metamorphoses: in Rodin’s Studio ::

  1. Linda Denis says:

    Jane you always say when you pick up your pen; you feel so comfortable and at easy when sketching.


  2. Linda Denis says:

    Glad you enjoyed Rodin at the Montreal Museum of Fine Art. Children are the smart artists, they know we are copying and we think we are creating. I love what you can do with pencil and paper. What about giving us some thoughts on the value of the line.


  3. Anonymous says:

    Belle surprise cette rencontre au MBAM. Au plaisir de te revoir, Jane, et de piquer une autre jasette ;-)


  4. Anonymous says:

    Kids always a.sk some really good questions . No fear – no inhibitions. Nice sketch, Jane.


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