Camille: The Life of Camille Claudel, Rodin's Muse and Mistress

Reine-Marie Paris, Author Seaver Books $0 (258p) ISBN 978-0-8050-0582-0
An older sister of poet, playwrigth and diplomat Paul Claudel, beautiful, talented Camille Claudel (1864-1943), at the age of 20, became mistress, model and collaborator of Auguste Rodin, who admired her sculpture and was influenced by it. When she broke with Rodin, who refused to marry her, she continued to sculpt, paint and exhibit. But in time, living in poverty and semi-obscurity, she destroyed some of her work, her friendships and family ties, and became ""nothing more than an anxious shadow hiding in the recesses of her dark studio, asking only for silence and oblivion.'' In 1913, Paul Claudel had his reclusive, paranoid, now unattractive sister incarcerated, and she remained in sanatoriums for the rest of her life. Interweaving family letters, this brief biography by her grandniece is timed to appear with the opening of an exhibition of her work at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Photos not seen by PW. (April)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1988
Release date: 01/01/1988
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