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What to see in Paris this month: Retrospective Camille Claudel at the Rodin Museum

June 10, 2008

© Musee Rodin - ParisI showed her where she would find gold, but the gold she finds is her very own” said Auguste Rodin of the French sculptor Camille Claudel. The major retrospective that the Rodin Museum is dedicating until July 20th to this free-spirited artist showcases over 80 sculptures in marble, terracotta, plaster, onyx and bronze as well as some correspondence between Rodin and Camille Claudel.

Born in 1864 Camille became Rodin’s assistant in 1882.  His student and model at first the talented artist quickly became Rodin’s mistress. She participated to several of his masterpieces while being influenced by the Master in her own work. After over 10 years of a flamboyant passion she finally understood that she would never become Madame Rodin. Camille then took some distance and developed her own work until the lovers fin© Ch. Baraja - ADAGP, Paris 2008ally broke up in 1898. She then entered into the dark times of her life, meeting great financial difficulties and showing signs of an increasing paranoia towards Rodin. On her brother’s command, famous poet Paul Claudel, she was locked in a mental institute in 1913 where she died in 1943 at 79 years old.  

 

Up to July 20th 2008, Rodin Museum: 79 rue de Varenne, 75007 Paris. Open from 9.30 am to 5.45 pm. Closed on Mondays.

More information at: www.musee-rodin.fr