The Passions of Camille Claudel: Sculptor, Woman

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claudelaOn the 8th of December 1864, Camille Claudel was born in Fère-en-Tardenois, Aisne, northern France. As a teenager, Claudel was determined to make it as an artist in Paris, so she convinced her parents to fund her studies at the Academie Colarossi. Here, she met Rodin who was filling in for her teacher Boucher. Very early on, Rodin saw the potential in Claudel’s creativity and invited her to join him in his studio as a model and assistant. She was only 18, living with her parents and ambitiously nurturing the artistic skill she discovered at the age of 12. Rodin was 24 years her senior, living with a son and his long-term (and long-suffering) companion seamstress Rose Beuret. Four years into their collaboration, Claudel and Rodin were deeply involved professionally, as well as romantically.

The shocking contractual letter Rodin wrote to the young Claudel is telling of his obsession…

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