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Camille Claudel and Auguste Rodin: from love to madness

Happy New Year, dear readers. I hope that this 2019 will be of good economy, much health and much love. Speaking of love, I want to continue this year with the stories of some impossible loves that there have been in history. Today I would like to talk to you about the passionate and crazy love that was born between those two geniuses of sculpture: Camille Claudel and Auguste Rodin.

As we saw earlier with Frida and Diego Rivera, love and art can produce interesting and productive relationships, but also passionate and stormy ones. Such is the case of Camille Claudel and Rodin, who lived a romance for more than 10 years and had an undesirable and terrible outcome.


Camille Claudel

Camille Claudel was a girl who, following her vocation, began to model terracotta at a very early age, without undertaking or following a path of artistic training. This passion for sculpture was never well received by her parents, especially by her mother who wanted her to be a man or to follow in the footsteps of the girls of the time: get married.

But when the family moved to Paris, Claudel's life changed as he could enroll in one of the most famous art institutes of the time. It was there, in 1882, that the young woman, who at that time was not yet 18, met Rodin, already famous at that time. The sculptor immediately recognised Claudel's talent and turned her into his assistant during the time when he was asked to do 'The Gate of Hell' and 'The Citizens of Calais'. From the relationship of teacher and student, a relationship of passion and love is born.

Auguste Rodin

It was 1884, and Camille worked in Rodin's workshop, becoming his source of inspiration. As we said before, she was his assistant, model, confidant, and also his young lover. But he never lived with Rodin, who was reluctant to end his twenty-year relationship with Rose Beuret, whom he would marry at the end of his life. It is good to remember that Rodin, in spite of his 60 years, had a reputation as a womanizer for whom he was known for many loves, almost all women who had been muses for his sculptures and drawings.

Well, beyond the professional advantages of working with Rodin, he also had problems with his mother, who was a very traditionalist, as her face began to appear constantly in Rodin's work. This did not make her give up and she continued with the torrid relationship. Camille thus became the companion of the great sculptor, whom she accompanied to artistic encounters and from whom she learned the art of sculpting, reaching, if not surpassing, Rodin's talent.


Camille Claudel in the workshop

These were years of much artistic creation on the part of both of them, however, Camille was the object of malicious comments that cast doubt on his artistic capacity. Rodin's shadow haunted her, so many believed that her brilliant creations were Rodin's work or made with his help. It was unthinkable that this beautiful, fragile-looking young woman could create such perfect and creative sculptures.

A stormy relationship began then, since, although Camille was still madly in love with Rodin, she also hated him for receiving public recognition, constant commissions and praise in all her exhibitions, while she did not escape from the cliché of the great master's pupil. This type of comment, coupled with Rodin's refusal to leave Rose, began to crack the relationship, reaching the final outcome when Camille becomes pregnant and must abort. So deeply humiliated and disappointed, she abandons Rodin.


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After this, Camille locks herself in her own studio and begins to sculpt many children's heads, which were destroyed almost immediately. This situation of isolation and unbridled work makes her family and friends doubt her mental capabilities, so one afternoon, three nurses threw the door down and put a straitjacket on her. He was diagnosed with "a systematic persecutory mania accompanied by delusions of grandeur". Camille was then accusing Rodin of stealing her ideas and leading a conspiracy to kill her.

In the end, he spent the last 30 years of his life in the madhouse of Montdevergues. There she died alone. Even then she was forgotten, as she was buried in an unnamed tomb, in the madhouse's own cemetery. When her brother Paul died in 1955, some relatives and admirers decided to recover her remains and give her a dignified burial. But it was too late. Works in the sanatorium had removed the burial site, and his remains had disappeared.


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As we have seen, this is another truncated love story, in this case because of love jealousy, but also professional jealousy, because being the two great artists, each one felt eclipsed by the personality and talent of the other. A love story, which unlike many love stories created by artists, had a sad ending.


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BIBLIOGRAPHICAL REFERENCES

https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camille_Claudel

https://www.abc.es/20121112/cultura-arte/abci-rodin-camile-historia-amor-201211121626.html

WRITTEN BY:@nancybriti

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One of the most stormy stories among artists. You record it and comment it very well, @nancybriti. I knew about Rodin and his work (who hasn't seen his famous sculpture "The Thinker" at an early age?), but not about the existence of Camille Claudel, until at the beginning of the 90's I could see the French film "Camille". It is a cinematographic realization that gathers with much respect the complications of such a dramatic relationship and the fatal destiny of Camille (played by the brilliant actress Isabelle Adjani). Indeed, she suffered the consequences of being in the shadow of the famous Rodin, and her work was little known. Thank you for your magnificent post, and @adsactly for spreading it.

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Yeah. I remember seeing the movie, @josemalavem. Gérard Depardieu's performance as Rodin is also masterful. It must be hard for a woman to go down in history as the sister of the poet, playwright and diplomat Paul Claudel and muse and lover of Auguste Rodin, and not because of the great sculptor she was. Hence perhaps the result of his life. Thank you for your always pertinent comments. Greetings

The Rodin lover I am most familiar with is Loie Fuller. A dancer who fell in with Rodin and promoted his works heavily. There is a reason for that. There is a museum in remote Eastern Washington (where I grew up) that has the largest collection of Rodin outside Paris. Loie Fuller brokered many of the pieces and was a friend of railroad owner Sam Hill. She convinced him to convert a mansion he built for a wife that wouldn't live there into a Museum with the permanent Rodin collection. There is also a Fuller exhibit there...

Thanks for a really great look into the life of two artists.

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De Loie Fuller only knew they'd been friends, but I'll buy you the gossip! ;) I knew that Rodin had had Isadora Duncan, another dancer, as his lover, but this one had been Loie Fuller's lover. But I assure you that I will find out. Pleased and honored by your comment, dear, @bigtom13

Nice story. Just have to warn you about a few gender errors that must edit. Few errors:

  • But when the family moved to Paris, Claudel's life changed as he could enroll in one of the most famous art institutes of the time.
  • But he never lived with Rodin, who was reluctant to end his twenty-year relationship with Rose Beuret, whom he would marry at the end of his life.
  • He was diagnosed with "a systematic persecutory mania accompanied by delusions of grandeur".
  • Well, beyond the professional advantages of working with Rodin, he also had problems with his mother, who was a very traditionalist, as her face began to appear constantly in Rodin's work.
  • " In the end, he spent the last 30 years of his life in the madhouse of Montdevergues"
    Errors because I suppose that you are talking about Camille. Regards.

happy new year for you also partner, I knew nothing about that story, thank you for sharing and are beautiful sculptures

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I'm so impressed!

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That's good!

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Thank you

I knew a little bit about the story but not the full extent of the tragedy.

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And this was just a summary!

Very impressive post.
Artist's story which will drop out tears.
A relationship that starts from a professional then becomes a relationship of privacy and fosters a sense of love besides having to maintain loyalty to the profession turned out to be very heavy. even in this story we become increasingly aware that too much love can kill, or at least it can make someone crazy, both literally and not. The craziness of a Camile and Rodin in both the profession and the madness of both because they love each other even ended tragically. A very moving life story. for Rodin, the love of Camile was able to produce great works.
However, even the love of Camile which continued to matchless pain also gave birth to works inspired by his pain as a student, lover, woman and human. the most sad is the end of the tragic life of Camile. And you pour this story as a tragic romantic life text.
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Thank you @adsactly
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