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 (1864-1943)
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: