claudel - biography (2)
The family Claudel lives at
111 rue Notre-Dame-des-Champs. Camille
rents a studio in the same street, number 117, with some English friends,
among them Jessie Lipscomb.
Alfred Boucher introduces Camille to Paul Dubois, director of the École
She models the asymmetric sculpture 'La Vieille Hélène' in an
unusual naturalistic manner after a domestic of the Claudel family.
Rodin models 'Ugolino'.
Louis-Prosper is appointed to Rambouillet.
Replacing Alfred Boucher who was travelling to Italy to receive the award
of Rome, Rodin supervises the class of Camille and her friends in their studio at
A love letter, that for a long time has been suppressed and
finally turned up in the house of Cécile Goldscheider, proves that
already by the fall of 1883, while Camille is still 18, Rodin and Camille had an intimate
The artist writes to his "ferocious
"This morning I ran around (for hours) to all our spots without
finding you. Death would be sweeter! And how long is my agony. Why didn't
you wait for me in the atelier, where are you going? (...) In a single
instant I feel your terrible force. Have pity, mean girl. I can't go on. I
can't go another day without seeing you. Atrocious madness, it's the end,
I won't be able to work anymore. Malevolent goddess, and yet I love you
furiously... . (...) Let me see you every day, which would be a good idea
and might make me better, for only you can save me with your generosity.
Don't let this slow and hideous sickness overtake my intelligence, the
ardened and pure love I have for you - in short, have pity, my beloved,
and you will be rewarded."
For the first time Camille takes part of the Salon of the Société
des Artistes français (S.A.F.) and shows the 'Bust of Madame B...' in
plaster. In the catalogue of this exhibition she is already mentioned as a pupil of Rodin
Camille enters the atelier of Rodin as trainee; she also becomes
his model. In this and the following years, she inspires many sculptures by Rodin, who is breaking through
to fame now: 'Fugitive Love' (1884), 'L'Éternel Printemps' (1884), 'Avarice and Lust' (1885), 'Faun and
Nymph' (1886), 'The Kiss' (1886), 'Paolo &
Francesca' (1887), 'Death of Adonis' (1888) and 'Eternal Idol'
(1889). It is also said that Camille was the model for Rodin's 'Danaid'
(1885). One could also interpret Rodin's 'Celle qui fut la Belle
Heaulmière' as a counterpart to Camille's 'La vieille
Camille also continues to work in her own name: 'Torso of stooping woman',
In this year, Camille becomes
an official collaborator of Rodin and works together
with her friend Jessie Lipscomb in his atelier. Rodin finishes another
portrayal of Camille: 'Aurore'.
The family Claudel moves to 31 boulevard de Port-Royal.
In April she is registered at the cabinet of anatomy in the Museum of
History of Nature.
Camille travels to her uncle to the East of France in August
and stays there for holidays.
Fusains: 'Mennie Jean' and 'Femme de Gérardmer', 'Torso of crouching
woman', 'Bust of Louise Claudel', 'Study for Giganti', 'Bust
of Jessie Lipscomb'.
S.A.F.: 'Giganti', 'La Vieille Hélène', terra-cotta.