Camille Claudel wasn’t only the Rodin’s lover or Paul Claudel’s sister, but she was a wonderful artist. Hers skills with sculptures were better than Rodin art. Because he sign her sculptures as of her. However, she was forgotten by the time. Who is Camille?
She was born in Villeneuve (In France) in 1864 Camille always the favorite daughter for her father, but Her mother hated Camille. ( Her mother had angry because the good relationships between the her daughter and her husband) Camille Claude`s brother (Paul Claudel) had a good friendship with her sister all the life. In the childhood Camille began to make sculptures and when she was twelve years old she sculptured a great work in argil; her passion for sculpture did her to go to Paris to study the art. Camille went with her family, but hers father continued living in Villeneuve; and sometimes he visited his family.
In the time (1881) the women was censured to study in Bellas-Arts. So Camille rented a studio with three English women and she worked hard.
Camille met Rodin in 1883 when she was nineteen. He was 44 years old in there time. She began as an apprentice in his atelier. And soon they were lovers. But Rodin lived with Rose who he lived during 20 years. So, Mademoiselle Claudel never got married with him, but she was his lover for a decade. It speaks that she was pregnancy many times, but maybe she gave her baby or maybe she aborted the child. She never received no money for her work in Rodin’s atelier; when she was expulsed of her family’s home, in 1888, Rodin paid the expenditure and rented a simple house for her.
In 1893 Camille finished her relationships with Rodin but sometimes they met and traveled together till 1898 when the romance ends. So she began to fall into decay: She spent much money with material and she stayed alive with little money. Then she began to drink and drunk very much in this time and in a few time she started to fell delirious (Camille believed who Rodin stolen her ideas), in 1905, Camille began to destroy her sculptures to Rodin couldn’t stolen her.
In 1913, Camille’s father died and nobody comments to her, after then she was considered ungrateful because she didn’t go to her father’s funeral. In the same year, Camille was admitted in a hospice in Ville Evrard by her bother; and he was the only person who visited and wrote to her. Camille never was considered really insanity, but her family especially her mother never took her out of there. She died in 1943 in the hospital Montedevergues.
Her won was only Rodin, but she has a little case with Monsieur Claude Debussy. Today she began to be famous, through films, biographies and books, but mainly her letters.