Auguste Rodin's famous bronze scuplture , The Thinker [le Penseur] was originally intended to sit in contemplation beside another work, The Gates of Hell [la Porte de l'Enfer ] inspired by Dante's Divine Comedy
One of the 20-odd monumental casts of the Thinker sits in Saint Paul de Vence - a mediaeval fortified village fairly close to Nice.
The sculpture has always looked pretty depressed and blue to me and the very odd weather emphasised this. Here it is in silhouette.
This young American tourist was posing like the Thinker for his parents to photograph and kindly agreed to pose for me too.
This is the statue in place in Saint Paul de Vence in a rare moment of solitude. Immediately after i took the photo, the statue was swarmed by a bus load of tourists.
The Thinker looking left - the blue green verdigris colour of the bronze is more apparent from this angle.
A closer view of the Thinker's head.
saint paul de vence