Artist and Studio
Auguste Rodin, 1891

Auguste Rodin, 1891

Auguste Rodin at work in his studio, set to music. (similar to previous video, replace French narration with music)

Auguste Rodin, 1862.  Photo by Charles Hippolyte Aubry.

Auguste Rodin, 1862.  Photo by Charles Hippolyte Aubry.

Auguste Rodin by Charles Aubry, 1862-64. Musée Rodin, Paris. 

Auguste Rodin by Charles Aubry, 1862-64. Musée Rodin, Paris. 

Auguste Rodin, 1880

Auguste Rodin, 1880

Auguste Rodin’s studio with several works including Eve and a large sculpture of  Honoré de Balzac (at center right).

Auguste Rodin’s studio with several works including Eve and a large sculpture of  Honoré de Balzac (at center right).

(Source: maryhillmuseum.org)

Camille Claudel (1864-1943) “was one of the rare female artists of the 19th century that could and did compete with the best male sculptors of her time.”

In 1883, Camille became acquainted with Auguste Rodin when he took over  instruction of her class at the Académie Colarossi. Soon after Camille became his model, assistant and lover. “No other woman had such an intellectual, artistic and erotic impact on Rodin’s life like Camille Claudel.”

In 1892, after an abortion, Claudel ended the intimate aspect of her relationship with Rodin, although they saw each other regularly until 1898.

After 1905 Claudel appeared to be mentally ill. She destroyed many of her statues and was diagnosed as having schizophrenia. She accused Rodin of stealing her ideas and of leading a conspiracy to kill her. In 1913 after her father died her brother had her committed to a mental hospital. Over the years the hospital requested numerous times Claudel be sent home but her family refused. She remained institutionalized until her death in 1943.  src1 & scr2

regardintemporel:

Sculptor’s workshop with Rodin’s The Thinker, 1900

regardintemporel:

Sculptor’s workshop with Rodin’s The Thinker, 1900

“One has only to look at a human face to find a soul, no feature deceives; hypocrisy is as transparent as sincerity. The inclining of the brow, the least furrowing of a look may reveal the -secrets of the heart.”
—  Auguste Rodin (via bonfirebirth)

(Source: goodreads.com)

Auguste Rodin, 1893, the year his art caused controversy and failed to sell at Chicago’s World Fair.  Photo by Filix Nadar.

Auguste Rodin, 1893, the year his art caused controversy and failed to sell at Chicago’s World Fair.  Photo by Filix Nadar.

Auguste Rodin - 2 minute video of the sculptor at work in his studio, French narration.

missfolly:

Auguste Rodin (12 November 1840 – 17 November 1917)
‘The world famous 77 year old French sculptor Auguste Rodin froze to death in an unheated attic in Meudon, France. In 1923, Marcell Tirel, Rodin’s secretary, published a book alleging this and that Rodin had applied to the government for quarters as warm as those wherein his statues were stored, but the government turned him down. It is said that other officials and friends promised coal for heating but never sent it.’

missfolly:

Auguste Rodin (12 November 1840 – 17 November 1917)

‘The world famous 77 year old French sculptor Auguste Rodin froze to death in an unheated attic in Meudon, France. In 1923, Marcell Tirel, Rodin’s secretary, published a book alleging this and that Rodin had applied to the government for quarters as warm as those wherein his statues were stored, but the government turned him down. It is said that other officials and friends promised coal for heating but never sent it.’