But have you heard of Antoine Bourdelle? This amazing artist has his own museum and street right in the heart of artsy Montparnasse. The Musée Bourdelle is a perfect little spot to spend an hour or two on your next trip to Paris. As an assistant to the great Auguste Rodin, he moved on to become a teacher at the famous L'Academie de la Grande Chaumiere. His name and work now grace a memorable little museum that boasts a gorgeous garden, a fine gallery and his actual artist studio. Bourdelle's sculpture of a dying centaur is provoking as is his take on Madonna and Child.
Peek through the museum gates to see his grand horse bronze (think Greek mythology, not Kentucky Derby). The stunning stallion stands proudly amidst the greenery of the garden oasis.
And it's FREE! Don't go on Monday, it's closed. Bonus, I've read (but haven't yet tried) about a nearby restaurant, La Cabane a Huitres, (just a few doors down the street)and the reviews are good. Any excuse to eat oysters from the Atlantic coast is good enough for me.
Location: 18 rue Antoine Bourdelle in the 15th arrondisement / Metro: Montparnasse-Bievenue or Falguière