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Author Ayral-Clause, Odile.

Title Camille Claudel : a life / Odile Ayral-Clause.

Published New York : Harry N. Abrams, 2002.

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Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  730.92 CLAU/ AYRA    AVAILABLE
 UniM Southbank  730.92 Cla /0148 acn.112109    AVAILABLE
Physical description 279 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Chapter 1. An Early Passion 10 -- Chapter 2. Paris in the Eighties 19 -- Chapter 3. A Constant Challenge to Common Sense 30 -- Chapter 4. A New Studio Partner 38 -- Chapter 5. Sculpting with Rodin 48 -- Chapter 6. A Difficult Love 57 -- Chapter 7. Jessie's Last Days in Paris 73 -- Chapter 8. Sakuntala 84 -- Chapter 9. Waltz 97 -- Chapter 10. Break-Up 109 -- Chapter 11. A Woman of Genius 118 -- Chapter 12. Jacob and the Angel 130 -- Chapter 13. Path of Life 141 -- Chapter 14. Qual Bourbon 152 -- Chapter 15. 1905 167 -- Chapter 16. Wounded Niobid 175 -- Chapter 17. Ville-Evrard 187 -- Chapter 18. A Room for Camille's Sculpture 198 -- Chapter 19. Montdevergues 205 -- Chapter 20. Surviving 217 -- Chapter 21. Renewed Friendship 228 -- Chapter 22. Last Years 237 -- Chapter 23. Camille's Bones 248.
Summary Camille Claudel was a gifted nineteenth-century French sculptor who worked with Auguste Rodin, became his lover, and then left him to gain recognition for herself in the art world. With a strong sense of independence and a firm belief in her own considerable talent, Claudel created some extraordinary works of art and challenged the social and artistic limitations imposed upon the women of her time. Eventually, however, she crumbled beneath the combined weight of social reproof, deprivation, and art-world prejudices. Her family, distraught by her unconventional behavior as well as her delusions and paranoia, had her committed to a mental asylum, where she died thirty years later. Camille Claudel's life has been romanticized in print and on film, but this is the first fully researched biography to present a rounded picture of the life and work of this remarkable woman. The author, Odile Ayral-Clause, has obtained access to the letters of friends and family and to recently released medical documents that dispel some of the myths that have been woven around Claudel's life. She presents Claudel as a major sculptor of the period, establishing her position in the context of the late-nineteenth-century Paris art world, in which she struggled to overcome the obstacles that faced all women artists of the time. The last chapters describe in heartbreaking detail Claudel's isolation from friends, family, and work during the last third of her life and answer many questions that have been posed over the years about the circumstances of her confinement. Illustrated with reproductions of Claudel's known works and with little-known family photographs, many seen here for the first time, this beautifully written book brings to life a brilliant artist, who began her life full of energy and hope that gradually eroded in the face of mental and emotional anguish.
Subject Claudel, Camille, 1864-1943.
Women sculptors -- France -- Biography.
ISBN 0810940779 (HC)