La Valse by Camille Claudel (1890-93)

This is a beautiful sculpture by Claudel, who was the longtime lover of Rodin. Rodin was also her mentor.

This sculpture is lyrical, passionate, powerful. The suppressed emotion of the two dancers is incredible.

Claudel’s work is on view at Paris’s Rodin Museum. She was considered a genuis by critics and peers of her own time, but in 1913 she was “voluntarily” committed to a mental institution, where she remained until her death in 1943.

Claudel’s story is undeniably sad.  

The 1988 film Camille Claudel follows Claudel’s relationship with Rodin. Claudel is played by Isabelle Adjani, while Rodin was portrayed by Gerard Depardieu.


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