Friday, September 30, 2011

Camille Claudel


Camille Claudel intrigues me.  I've known about her forever, but it was only last weekend, while seeing her work in the Rodin museum in Paris,  that I truly appreciated her greatness, and her extraordinary life that ended so horribly sad.
She was only 19 years old in 1882, when she came to Auguste Rodin's workshop.  The 42-year-old sculptor took her in as his student, and she very soon became his inspirational muse, his favorite model - and his mistress.  
Although he never ended his already long lasting relationship with Rose Beuret, the affaire with Camille Claudel lasted 15 years.  
Then he decided to turn his back on her, and Camille, broken and depressed, was shortly after diagnosed with madness. She was locked up in a mental institution, where she died in 1943...

Camille Claudel facinerer meg.  Jeg har visst hvem hun var så å si bestandig, men det var først forrige helg, mens jeg så skulpturene hennes i Rodin-museet i Paris, at jeg til fulle oppdaget hennes storhet, og det helt spesielle livet hennes, som endte så fryktelig og så trist.
Hun var bare 19 år gammel i 1882, da hun kom til den berømte skulptøren Auguste Rodins atelier. Den 42årige mesteren tok henne inn som sin elev, og hun ble rastkt hans inspirerende muse, hans favorittmodell, og hans elskerinne.
Selv om han aldri skilte seg fra Rose Beuret, kvinnen han levde sammen med mesteparten av 
livet sitt, så varte forholdet til Camille Claudel i 15 år.
Han bestemte seg så for å snu ryggen til henne,  og Camille, knust og deprimert, fikk kort tid etter diagnosen galskap.  Hun ble innelukket på et mentalsykehus, hvor hun døde i 1943...

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