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Camille Claudel|Sculpture|Goddess Art|Passionate Art

Updated on February 1, 2014

The Works and Passion of Camille Claudel- Goddess Art

Goddess art, goddess of sculpture and passion that met fingers to clay, and stone, Camille Claudel's life was art and passion was her guide. She was a prodigy of Rodin's but I personally feel her ability to project emotions onto her work exceeded Rodin's talent. Because she was a woman? Is that why? Up to you to decide.

She was PASSIONATE about art and sculpting. Rodin no doubt felt threatened by her as an artist. She continued on to do what she loved though despite difficulties.

In later years she was put into an institution by her brother, with the full encouragement of her mother.. oh the betrayal. I think of her there.. no art, no clay under her fingers. Thinking of her dying there without art seems to be the cruelest thing imaginable to such a talent as Camille Claudel.

I have heard tale that she is the one who did a lot of his hands and feet on his sculptures. What could be harder than sculpting or drawing hands and feet right? Her talent excelled and as you will see as you review her work her talents gave her wings and she indeed flew on her own.

I actually have 'two' lenses on Camille Claudel the other one titled "Camille Claudel ll". Just can't get enough of her I guess!





La Boheme~ Puccini.. as you enjoy learning more about this wonderful woman artist Camille Claudel


More About Camille Claudel

Camille Claudel

French, 1864-1943

As a young woman, Camille Claudel was recognized for both her artistic talent and her physical beauty; nevertheless, she spent most of her adult life as a recluse. Much attention has been focused on Claudel's relationship with her teacher, mentor, and lover, Auguste Rodin. Her complex personal drama has brought her prominence through scholarly and popular accounts. Yet it was first and foremost her unrivaled ability to convey narrative through marble and bronze that attracted patrons and critical accolades.

Born in Fre-en-Tardenois, Aisne, Claudel moved with her family to Paris around 1881. She studied sculpture at the Acadmie Colarossi, one of the few art academies in France open to female students. Along with other sculptors, she also shared an independent studio where Alfred Boucher taught. In 1883 Boucher won a Prix de Rome and departed for Italy; he asked Rodin to serve as adviser to Claudel and her colleagues in his stead.

Two years later, Rodin asked Claudel to become a studio assistant. By working as Rodin's apprentice, Claudel had the chance to study the nude figure, an unusual opportunity for a woman in the 19th century, but one that gave the artist a profound understanding of anatomical nuances. Claudel modeled hands and feet for Rodin's Burghers of Calais and posed for figures in his Gates of Hell.

In 1893, because Rodin's work and stature occupied front stage in French culture, Claudel secluded herself in her studio to disassociate herself from him and to try to establish her own reputation. Her love for portraying the human form resulted in certain sculptures that the state and an infuriated press censored as overly sensual and inappropriate for public display. These circumstances may have contributed to the decline of her career and her mental state. In 1913 Claudel was committed to a mental asylum, where she remained until her death 30 years later.

Books and DVD on Camille Claudel


If you are an artist or have an artist's soul?


It is fantastic!!


Auguste Rodin and Camille Claudel (Pegasus Library)
Auguste Rodin and Camille Claudel (Pegasus Library)



I have this book. It is interesting because I have a few books on her and Rodin.. they are different in facts sooo just know that about info from all resources about Camille Claudel


Camille Claudel
Camille Claudel



I could watch this a zillion times! I ADORE this movie and am so uplifted as an artist by her passion. The end is sad but her drive toward doing her art is not.

This is a French movie and it is subtitled. Worth it!



Abandon :Camille Claudel

Abandon :Camille Claudel
Abandon :Camille Claudel

Camille Claudel YouTube vids

Camille Claudel the movie


1988 - Camille Claudel



This movie trailer does not show the subtitles.. If you don't speak French obviously get the DVD that does! smile.


More Camille Claudel


Camille Claudel montage


Sirnes - Camille Claudel

Sirnes - Camille Claudel
Sirnes - Camille Claudel

"From the Womb of God New Earth Does Form"

Clay is nothing more than dirt.. refined and then used to make wonderful things. There are sculptures made from Marble.. different rocks...

Here is a poem I wrote about rocks in essence .. new earth forming.

"From the Womb of God New Earth Does Form- Communicating With God and Art"

I feel it in the air

I sense it in the birds

and the trees that stand with grace.

Wild orchids flow

in honor of today.

I will carefully choose my treasure

and wear it in my hair.

Sweet scent of erotic pleasure

only flowers can bring.

Voices from volcanoes sing...


I hear it

I sense it.

New earth spits out a sound

it is the birthing of new land.

I stand




We will walk upon the land



praying for mercy

hoping it is within our grasp.

We will look out on the ocean

from a far

hold our hopes intact

as life forms.

Pele will forever guard this trail

weeping tears of coal.

Blended secrets

legends abound

jealous lover

melted on the skyline.

Sacred tales

only a Hawaiian knows

tied with ti leaves

rocks of grace

forever chanting

vibrations humming


and blessing their sacred sound.

21 March 2008

Kathy Ostman-Magnusen


free art gifts

My less tame stuff...


"Mental Drawings of Demons Spinning Their Evil Ways Sometimes Bare Gifts of New Inventions"

Mental Drawings of Demons...

The back and forth of good and bad

the sifting of our errors

how and where do we find our revival

of clear intentions?

Mental drawings of demons of the heart

They make the wheels spin their evil ways


Yet sometimes

despite the wounded closet

there is a lovely token.

The gift of understanding

magically bringing revelations

we had not recognized

before the sleeping princess.

Waking that beauty

no further breeding of dragons

occurs without clear planning.

Sometimes we conquer that dark side

spend time considering the view from top of the hill.

Watch sunsets

consider mythical monsters

and meet what might become bad decisions

head on

with an opposite approach

and our own fire-breathing tongues.

And then?

The wheel spins again

symbols of chaos within our hands

new inventions

new attractions toward depression

monsters in the closet

intimidating czar

despite the ones we conquered ore.

We are a fragile being

yet resilient.

Despite the temptations

the quest for new ideas


Despite the lust of new ideas

that might disable the heavens angles

we continue on

reveling in new inventions.

Do it... it's only just round the corner,

one new experience,

one new insight,

one new innovation,

one new discovery

designs created from what is possible.

Painting our lives

drawings of scorpions

biting their own tail

or disabling objectionable disabilities thereof.

There is room for safe breathing

we are safe within the IDEA

of creativity

meeting the ways of right

or wrong

fault or reason.

There within the birds that cover our eyes

we decipher

and meet our own glorious

newly uncovered

finds of delight.

We are not that many steps away

from tiny whimsical angels

that remind us of

real life and our own breathing.

There is safety in that call.

by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen

22 April 2009

The image is of my painting "Orchids" (original is sold) It is a 30x40x2 oil on canvas

MY Sculpture YouTube

"Bleeding Wings"

La Boheme ~ Puccini

"My Tiny Angel Has Gone Off Flying - Leaving Me With a Jealous Heart"

Every other angel

seems to get it right

every other tiny angel...

just not mine.

We'll have to have a word or two

once she stops dreaming.

As if she didn't know it

there are strings

attached to everything.

Just about everything

wears a coat.

Ward off the hunter

he comes to victimize

every loose end

except his own.


foolish to own that I'm fragile

even though my angels gone

a flying.

Mascara runs down weeping eyes

stupid eyes that cry

who simply don't understand

their tears

can be waterproofed

and defied.

Deep down

I've always loved empty cages

reminding me

of angels who capture sparks

and learn to fly off.

A pattern of flashes

once kept on leashes


Wheels continue spinning

for the aimless

a primary defense of the queen's gambit

of trading off stars

that shine too much

lest she lose her stage.

So I sift through moments

of unrehearsed lines

I'd never hold her to them anyway

oh angel

of mine.

Everyone's garden seems trimmed

nowhere to hide a wanting fairy

no room for boxes

of secrets

no where to shelter hidden meanings

tied to strings.

I've planned an invitation

going to send it

by a doves wing

fore although my tiny angel is far away

I'll embroider her memory

and attach it to all my songs.


everything wears a coat

and everyone understands

a certain long lost tiny angel

and empty pockets.

Despite what people tell you

and no matter how loudly

there are fairies

who burst forth from their cages

leaving a jealous heart


05 May 2009

by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen

Copyright 2009

Image is of my painting "Bed of Dreams" 30x40 oil,gold leaf on canvas. The original work is available for sale through my rep Monkdogz Urgan Art, NY

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      7 years ago

      Yes, I was here, I was looking for Camille and I found you. It is difficult for me, to smile whn I think of Camille. But I leave a smile for you because you have done a great work gathering all this information about her. Thank you

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      Oneshotvariety LM 

      7 years ago

      Very neat and creative lens! Good job! :]

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      goo2eyes lm 

      7 years ago

      i really appreciate your wonderful lenses including this tribute lens to camille claudel. squidangel blessings.

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      7 years ago

      What a wonderfully creative page. I admit, I wasn't familiar with the name Camille Claudel but her work is beautiful and I must look out for the movie. Tragic to think of her trapped in an asylum, so many artists have been misunderstood especially during her era and maybe as a woman it was even more difficult.

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      7 years ago

      Camille Claudel was a great artist. The movie with Adjani is worth watching.

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      7 years ago

      @goo2eyes lm: Thank you for you thoughtful comment, always appreciated!

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      goo2eyes lm 

      7 years ago

      she was so open with her sexuality but the french society was not ready yet for that openness. she portrayed sexuality which had to be seen only in closed bedroom doors. this kind of sculpture would also not be accepted by american society in those days. perhaps, now ?

    • kathysart profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      @anonymous: THANK YOU TIPI! Wow.. you even read my postry! Yes isn't that the saddest thing, Camille not being able to create and dying in such a pitiful way? So sad.

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      7 years ago

      My heart broke a little for Camille Claudel as I learned in your intro about being institutionalized and not being able to create, what horrible destruction to a creative soul such as hers. Another masterpiece Kathy. Your poetry and Bleeding Wings bring us perfection once again.

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      8 years ago

      Wonderful. Blessed by a passing Angell :)

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      Lee Hansen 

      8 years ago from Vermont

      I have the film Camille Claudel and it is one of my favorites. She was truly a gifted and driven artist born at the wrong time and mistreated by her family and lover. I am captivated by the visual and poetic art shared here.

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      9 years ago

      i just absolutely love what you have done here! i've always been a fan of all things camille and just wanted to take a little trip after spending some time imbibing charis weston...what a pair of wonderful bookends that were not appreciated by those they had helped so much. charis as a "modern" woman though was/is able to flourish after with her family, such remarkable women! and thank you for the music to enjoy by....

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      Evelyn Saenz 

      11 years ago from Royalton

      5 Stars and Favored!

      The Purple Gallinules just flew over to check out your Camille Claudel lens. They are so excited about the ideas that you present that they are sending you a virtual trip back in time where Garner Rix will help you explore the 1780's.

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      11 years ago

      Wow, I'd never heard of her. Terrific lens - thanks for all the great info!

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      11 years ago

      There are a lot of Great Lens on Squidoo, here is another one. 5 Stars from me.

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      Nathalie Roy 

      11 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      The movie with Isabelle Adjani is great, a must see even if you are not into art/sculpture. 5/5

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      11 years ago

      Very Interesting lens! 5 Stars! I am going to rent the movie about Camille Claudel. Thank you for visiting my lens and have a great holiday!The Starving Artist

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      12 years ago

      The things I learn here at Squidoo. Great informative lens. 5 stars SGR Club All the Best.

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      ilovemusic lm 

      12 years ago

      Hi Kathy, Your lens is ensuring that Camille Claudel is not forgotten. 5 stars! Thanks for visiting my Franz Haydn lens. I also have lenses about some French composers Camille may have known, for example Debussy, Ravel, and Saint-Saens.

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      12 years ago

      Great lens 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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      Tonie Cook 

      12 years ago from USA

      Helllo - My passion is art, and your lens and artwork are wonderful. You have 5 stars from me.

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      12 years ago

      Hi Kathy, thank you for stopping by my lens! I never heard of this gal, but you have opened my eyes to her through this lens! Very good and interesting. 5 Stars from me. Keep up the great work, as you are an excellent artist yourself! Kathie


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