Camille Claudel Poses for Rodin

Everything that happened to me is more than a novel, it is an epic, the Iliad and the Odyssey, and it would take Homer to narrate it. I will not start it today as I do not want to sadden you. I am in an abyss. I live in such a curious world, so bizarre. The dream that once was my life is now the nightmare.

As one of the first women on the arts scene of belle epoch Paris, Camille Claudel made quite an impression when she arrived at Auguste Rodin‘s studio at the age of 19 to work as his assistant. Rodin was quickly drawn to her – and her evident talent – and before long, she was his model, lover, inspiration and artistic equal. What followed was a story of art, passion and self-destruction. (Source: ‘How Rodin’s tragic lover shaped the history of sculpture‘.