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Camille Claudel - Sculpture-Art-Passion! Ohh the MOVIE!

Updated on January 31, 2014

I LOVE Camille Claudel!, Her Art, Her Soul

Creating sculpture is such a passionate, hands on art form and Camille Claudel understood that well. Such a sad ending to a glorious artist. Camille Claudell was a remarkable sculptor and I personally believe it was because of her passion and her dark side. She breathed passion, and to me, that is what it takes to make great art. As a sculptor myself I have always loved her, related to clay between my fingers and the angst that drives it all.

Back then, when Camille Claudel lived, people dug up their own clay, they didn't buy it by the box.

Think of the devotion it must have taken. Her drive to not only dig up the clay, but to practice; to create an image in her mind in clay, over and over, until she became good enough for Rodin to take notice of her. To practice enough that a person could actually be satisfied by meeting an accomplishment of a sculpture to be proud of, yet driven to get better.

I don't think 'anyone' ever actually arrives to any kind of perfection in themselves.. good thing.. lest why keep trying?

To be a good artist one must understand it is about devotion to art, love of the craft, not so much the result to admire as a finished product, it was love for art that drove Claudel and possibly that dark side (?) Do you think? Does it take a dark side to create art of real consequence?

Maybe that's just me to agree? Not always of course.. no not always but it is there very often, that dark side. Yet there must also be a LOVE for art that causes a person to fee that there is little that would ever deter them from doing art.

People forget sometimes that it takes practice to become good at art and it never ends. People comment on Olympic champions, the hours of practice to arrive at the Olympics.. art is no different.

I feel a special attachment to her because she died on my birthday..stupid I guess. I am not saying I have taken her talent as mine.. or that when she died I began, but I do feel a certain affinity with her.

Passion comes to bless us all, we just need to meet it at its gate.


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I love Camille Claudel because of her passion, her drive and of course her talent in art and sculpture.

I love her work and the torture of her life. That may sound funny and I don't want that to be misunderstood, but when someone loves art as much as Camille Claudel did..pain automatically comes with that. That is my belief anyway. I hope to write articles on the subject and post them here from time to time.



"Maturity" by Camille Claudel

"Maturity" by Camille Claudel
"Maturity" by Camille Claudel

Sad Camille Claudell

Sad Camille Claudell
Sad Camille Claudell

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A Young Camille Claudel

A Young Camille Claudel
A Young Camille Claudel

Sculpture can be intimidating but it might be easier than you think. Follow your bliss and TRY!

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I write poetry... post poems here... and there... and here below:

Grim Reaper Drawings - A Host to the Dark Side

I stood in the hallway

grim reaper drawings everywhere.

They clawed their way here.

They were seen yesterday

someone mentioned

trampling on my fairies.

OH! Whimsical angels were drowning

in their own voices.

There is no light

so I had to tell them the truth.

What else was there to do?

It is the dark side.

I'm having trouble finding my way outside the box

If it weren't for all those curtains

holes in the corner...


Maybe I should just give it all more time.

Maybe I should be more optimistic.


Always those excused ripples

messages unveiled

sliding in and out

meaningless days

better be more careful


Try to tie the ribbons more tightly

lest they get away this time.

No more excuses accepted

not for grim reaper.

Cold at last

I'll put on layers today

protect me from people who point out faults.

People made of dust

yet they don't know that.

Who am I to crack their barriers?

I think I'll just stand back laughing.

Bloody sheets

pitiful graves

no one to laugh at really.

It is the dark side.

Grim reaper reaches out

I give him a leg up

he insists he's always done things on his own.

I'm sure...

I believe him

of course!

I still remain in his chorus

none the less

sing those tunes

keep it edgy I hear me saying

all the way to all those headstones.

Block out any sense of confinement

can't you?

There are bloody sheets

just about everywhere I look

I want to wrap them up

stick them in an envelope.

No matter how they fit

send them off with no return address

no protesting

I know that they will find me anyway

giving them a clear route

they know where I sleep.

Outside I hear the loon

I formed one with clay once

I am convinced he still knows his place.

Despite my objections

he'll hang around

waits for platforms

paint that will surround his call.

I will ignore it

or at least try.

Grim reaper drawings

I will not frame them after all

no boxes here

he really does not like them

and after all

it is the dark side

and I am still a part of his chorus.

01 March 2008

Kathy Ostman-Magnusen


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      Mary 4 years ago from Chicago area

      fascinating figure!

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      dream1983 5 years ago

      Great lens, nicely done! Squidlike

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      rawwwwwws lm 5 years ago

      I never knew who she was, but thank you for teaching me about her, also teaching me something new.

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      Malu Couttolenc 6 years ago

      Very interesting article about Camille Claude. I had heard of her but didn`t know so many facts

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      Ellen Gregory 6 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Very interesting lens. I never heard of Camille Claudel before. I am glad I learned something. Also, love your poetry.

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      goo2eyes lm 6 years ago

      coming back to share some squidangel *blessings*.

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      Kathryn Grace 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Claudel has always fascinated me. I once read that many of Rodin's sculptures were actually hers. I have never seen the movie. Could not bring myself to watch the tragedy and sadness of her life. I am grateful for your celebration of her work here, and your compassion.

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      Pangionedevelopers 6 years ago

      heres 5more neighbor

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      "Passion comes to bless us all, we just need to meet it at its gate.", a perfect entrance to this lovely tribute to Camille Claudel. I can't help but noticing that you and she seem to share a soul in your sculpture. Blessed.

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      smsr0100451 6 years ago

      Thanks for info. I love any type of creativity and art.

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      gottaloveit2 6 years ago

      Your lens is beautifully put together and your own artwork is spellbinding. You're very very talented. Really well done.

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      flycatcherrr 6 years ago

      I have to confess I'd never heard of Camille Claudel, but when a sculptor's work is so powerfully moving in a mere photograph, one can only imagine what it must be like to be in the same room with it and view it in the round - thank you so much for the introduction to her!

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      goo2eyes lm 6 years ago

      i look forward to the movie about her.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Love the movie and Camille herself. Lovely lens.

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      Fiona 6 years ago from South Africa

      Hi there, I don't think that you need to have a dark side necessarily in order to create great art but you do need to have some life experience. Sometimes I think that the depression can actually get in the way - I find that when I am feeling really down, I can't motivate myself to get going.

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      Norbert Isles 7 years ago from Philippines

      Camille Claudel, a woman I hardly know; but your lens makes me passionate about her.

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      Mickie Goad 7 years ago

      I remember seeing the movie when it came out. Like you, I adore her passion.

      Blessed by a Squid Angel today.

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      kathysart 8 years ago

      [in reply to fanfreluche]

      Thank you!! I will indeed look for it.



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      Nathalie Roy 8 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      The movie was excellent, but there is one book I loved even more: it's called "une femme" by Anne Delbee (it has been translated in english as well). If you have a chance and can find it you really should read it.

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      ChristopherScot1 10 years ago

      Great lens (even though I don't know that much about her) and thanks for stopping by the A Day of Hope lens! You have lots of great information for all of us. Keep up the hard work. Come over to A DAY OF HOPE

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      Robin S 10 years ago from USA

      Interesting lens. I had never heard of her before.