Who was Camille Claudel?

Camille Claudel was a French sculptor and graphic artist. She was the older sister of the French poet and diplomat, Paul Claudel.

Around 1884, she started working in Paul Rodin’s workshop. Claudel became a source of inspiration, his model, his confidante and lover.

Beginning in 1903, she exhibited her works at the Salon des Artistes français or at the Salon d’Automne. It would be a mistake to assume that Claudel’s reputation has survived simply because of her association with Rodin. She was described as “a revolt against nature: a woman genius”.

Camille began destroying her sculptures in 1905, a practice she continued until 1913 when she was institutionalized for mental illness. For the next thirty years, until her death in 1943, Camille lived in a mental hospital.

The last new work she completed without destroying it was a bust of her brother Paul in 1905.

 

For further information on Camille Claudel:

CAMILLE CLAUDEL, A Life, by Odile Ayral-Clause, published by Abrams.
CLAUDEL & RODIN:  Fateful Encounter, published by Musee Rodin, Musee Montreal, and the Detroit Institute of Art.
CAMILLE CLAUDEL, by Reine-Marie Paris, published by the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
The catalogue above was  created for a retrospective exhibit of Camille’s work in Wash. DC.  The author listed is a member of the family.
CAMILLE, The Life of Camille Claudel, by Reine-Marie Paris, translated by Lillian Emery Tuck, published by Arcade.
CAMILLE CLAUDEL, Une Femme, by Anne Delbee, translated by Carol Cosman, published by Mercury House.
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