Above: Part of the excellent and moving sculpture by Camille Claudel, The Age of Maturity, 1899 - this segment shows Camille herself. My favourite sculpture in the museum -
see the full sculpture on page 4.
Claudel was Rodin's model, inspiration and mistress starting in 1884, but Rodin left her and returned to his
wife and the sculpture in full represented the heartbreak of the breakup. When Rodin saw
The Age of Maturity,
he reacted with shock and anger, and cut off all support of her. In 1915, she was admitted "voluntarily" to an asylum near Avignon by her loving
(sarcasm) brother, and even
though doctors told him and their mother she was not insane and did not belong there,
they wouldn't allow her to be released, and she lived her remaining years there until her death in 1943.
Picture 1, Auguste Rodin - The Kiss, 1888-1898.
Picture 2, Auguste Rodin - Jean de Fiennes, Monumental Nude, 1885-1886.
Picture 3, Auguste Rodin - Heroic Bust of Victor Hugo, 1902.
Picture 4, John Lavery - Summer, 1904. Part of Rodin's personal collection.
Picture 5, Vincent van Gogh - The Harvesters, 1888.
Picture 6, Vincent van Gogh - Pere Tanguy, 1887.
Picture 7, Pierre-Auguste Renoir - Female Nude, 1880, with Rodin - Paolo and Francesca in the Clouds, 1904.
Pictures 8 and 9, Auguste Rodin - Hand from the Tomb, 1914.
Picture 10, Auguste Rodin - Pallas with Parthenon, 1910.
Pictures 11 and 12, Auguste Rodin - Galatea, 1887-1888.