Camille Claudelle-For sale $450 + Shipping 22X28 Acrylic on Canvas
Born in the champagne region of France on dec 8th in 1864. At 15 her parents moved to Paris and her talent for sculpting was recognized immediately. As ecole des beaux art barred women from attending she attended academia colarassi, meeting rodin, the famous sculptor there. Her and a few friends took lessons from him over their first year in school. Soon after she moved her work into Rodin’s workshop and became his mistress and spent most of her time learning the trade. After a few years of this she lost a child of his to miscarriage and became despondent over the confusion she suffered due to being a secret lover. She was a great friend and confidant to Rodin and loved him very much in this early stage of their relationship. Yet still, rodin refused to leave his wife, rose beuret. Camille’s mother was upset by her involvement with rodin and became cold to her daughter while Camille’s brother, Paul made headway as a Christian poet, contrary to Camille’s creative and quite unreligious ways. Her mother forced Camille to leave home and she moved to Paris to pursue her career. It was during this time that she decided to leave rodin for good and although upset she remained in contact with him into the early 20th century. It was during this time that Camille Claudel achieved her first commercial and public success. Everyone agreed that she had a style all her own and even rodin showed some jealousy at her newfound fame. How much jealousy, know one will ever know but Camille became increasingly suspicious of the man and his intentions toward her. In 1905 she became increasingly concerned, even deranged in regards to Rodin’s involvement in her career. Many thought that she was becoming insane. She spent much of her time alone and those who visited her confirmed that she was exhibiting sign of extreme paranoia and obsession in regards to rodin and his circle. In 1906 her brother was married and achieved several good poetic reviews. Camille at the time was spiraling into further despair and, in the same year destroyed much of her own work. 1913 saw Camille’s father, who was at a time her biggest supporter , pass away and two weeks later find herself checked into a facility by none other than her popular brother, Paul. Camille’s deranged behaviour was a threat to Paul’s image and there is speculation that his actions were motivated to keep his sister’s eccentric outbursts from troubling him. The doctors recommended her release early but the advance of the German troops into France during he 1st world war found her relocated to a safe location. After 7 years of confinement Camille’s doctor sent an official letter to her mother indicating that she be re-integrated into the family. Camille remained there until her death, 14 years after her mother’s death and 30 years after her unwilling admittance, passing away in 1943
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