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CAMILLE CLAUDEL (French Artist   1864-1943) // 2009 // with art movie clips | by NCMallory
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CAMILLE CLAUDEL (French Artist 1864-1943) // 2009 // with art movie clips

watercolor / Arches cp paper


( my original notes from 2009, below)


watercolor/ Arches paper




Camille Claudel's work is overlooked too often because of the "soap opera" she became involved in with Rodin.


( trailer for the dramatic, romantic film about Claudel's relationship with Rodin (1988) in French/ the images are marvelous-- a great romanticized version of artists in love . . .):


A scene from the film depicting Claudel ( Isabelle Adjani) and Rodin ( Gerard Depardieu) in a dramatic encounter . . .( link below):


Her sculpture and drawings are superb; her life became a mess. She, like Antonin Artaud, spent thirty years inside an asylum.The French film which examines her life and adventures is well made, the performances very strong, though it is a bit short on depicting artists actually making art.


But that is frequently a fault of movies about artists. Robert Altman, by casting Tim Roth as Van Gogh and showing him at work regularly in his film, improves on that usual neglect a little.


( CAUTION!! the film clip linked below, from Altman's film about Van Gogh, may offend and sting the sensibilities of the FLICKEREENO CENSORS-- Parents Strongly Cautioned!! Not to be viewed-- under any circumstances-- by close evangelical friends of Rick Perry!!)


Claudel, older sister of the poet Paul Claudel, even today deserves more recognition, and not simply for being Rodin's muse, mistress, and acolyte.


a link to some of Claudel's work:


A 7-minute YouTube slideshow clip with music by Keith Jarrett:



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Taken on September 1, 2011