August 4, 2010

The California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco

Located within Golden Gate Park, the Legion of Honor Museum was the gift of Alma de Bretteville Spreckels, the building is a three-quarters scale interpretation of the Palais de la Légion d'Honneur in Paris. It was completed in 1924.

Inside is housed a representative collection of European art, mainly French. However what it is known for the most is the galleries dedicated to the sculpture by Auguste Rodin. Casts of some of his most famous works are on display, including one of The Thinker in the Court of Honor where one enters the museum.

With the exception of the first image of this post, I took all these other photos while there. Enjoy.

The Thinker by Rodin.

A stained glass ceiling in one of the galleries.

One of Claude Monet's Water Lily paintings.

Cezanne landscape.

This was the porcelain room. Two huge rooms with sunlight, held a collection of porcelain from the early 16th c to present.