Fateful Encounter is the catalogue to an exhibition in which Camille and Rodin once more come face to face. Its an illuminating joint appraisal of their work with each represented by an equal number of pieces of similar importance.
|Camille Claudel, Auguste Rodin
|224 x 220 millimètres
|Musée national des Beaux-arts de Quebec - Musée Rodin, Paris - Detroit Institute of Arts, United States
Fateful Encounter focuses on the relationship between two headstrong artists who worked in close collaboration for a while but then parted, leading to misfortune for both of them, but for Camille in particular.
Camille subsequently tried to carve out a path of her own through her ""sketches from nature"" - scenes of daily life captured as they happened - while Rodin created the work that he himself described as the ''linchpin of his aesthetic'', Balzac (1898). With The Age of Maturity, Camille Claudel reaffirmed her desire to break off relations with him.
After 1900, while Rodin was occupying the forefront of the art scene, Camille gradually slid into madness. She was soon unable to create, contenting herself with the reworking of pieces from her early years, harking back to happier times.
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