Claudel, Camille


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Claudel, Camille

(Camille-Rosalie Claudel) (kämē`yə-rōzälē` klōdĕl`), 1864–1943, French sculptor. The sister of the writer Paul ClaudelClaudel, Paul
, 1868–1955, French dramatist, poet, and diplomat. He was ambassador to Tokyo (1921–27), Washington, D.C. (1927–33), and Brussels (1933–35).
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, she studied at the Colarossi Academy (now the Grande Chaumière) in Paris, where she met the sculptor Auguste RodinRodin, Auguste
, 1840–1917, French sculptor, b. Paris. He began his art study at 14 in the Petite École and in the school of Antoine Barye, earning his living by working for an ornament maker. In 1863 he went to work for the architectural sculptor A. E.
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 (1883), becoming his assistant, muse, and lover. She contributed to many of his projects and also pursued an artistic career of her own, exhibiting at numerous salons and galleries. After her relationship with Rodin ended (c.1898), she became reclusive and was eventually institutionalized (1911). Although she destroyed much of her work, Claudel's remaining sculptures, in marble and bronze, are displayed in the Camille Claudel Museum in Nogent-sur-Seine, France, and in the Rodin Museum in Paris.