The Story of a "Kiss": who inspired the creation of the famous Rodin sculpture

• The Story of a "Kiss": who inspired the creation of the famous Rodin sculpture

"The Kiss" - not only sculpture to create a great Auguste Rodin was inspired by a passion for his pupil, the sculptor Camille Claudel. For 15 years, she was beloved for him, artist's model, muse, a generator of ideas and co-author of the work. After their separation Camilla lost her mind and Rodin has not created any outstanding work.

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Camille Claudel

Camille Claudel can not be called an ordinary girl: in his youth manifested her talent Sculpture, at age 17, she enrolled at the Academy Colarossi, where her mentor was the famous sculptor Alfred Boucher. Soon Camilla began to take lessons from Auguste Rodin.

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Left - Auguste Rodin. Right - Camille Claudel in the studio

Between them broke out the passion that for many years was a source of inspiration for the great sculptor. His beloved, he described this way: "A lovely forehead above the eyes with marvelous deep dark-blue color, like the beauties portraits by Botticelli brush, a large, sensual mouth, a thick mop of auburn hair falling over her shoulders. Kind of impressive boldness, excellence and ... children's fun. "

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Camille Claudel

At first Camille Claudel brushed finished sculpture of his mentor, but over time it began to create their own. Roden even trust her to finish their work. She became a sculptor not only a favorite model and muse, but also a generator of ideas, the author of many designs.

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Auguste Rodin. Danaus, 1885 - sculpture dedicated to Camille Claudel

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Left - Camille Claudel. The eternal idol, 1888. Right - Auguste Rodin. The Eternal Idol 1889

R.-M. Pari - Biography of Camille Claudel, describes the period of their joint creativity "All scholars of Rodin know that the new style was opened in his 80s - a time when it appeared in the life of this girl. She was not yet 20 years old - the age of the genius of Rimbaud. Rodin was 40, he managed to lose touch with their origins alive. By itself, it would have continued to move in the direction of Michelangelo, trying to modernize it and thus crudely. And then suddenly there emerges something new that after separation from Camilla like leaves in the sand. This relationship between the passion and creativity of two lovers, one profession, working together in the workshop and on one subject leads us to the conclusion that nearly 15 years, Camille was the muse and the right hand of Rodin. "

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On the left - Auguste Rodin. Right - Camille Claudel

The disciple of Rodin EA Bourdelle spoke of "Kiss": "There was and there is no master, able to invest in clay, bronze and marble impulse of the flesh more deeply and intensely than did Rodin". Rilke wrote: "Do you feel the waves of all the contacting surfaces penetrate the body, the thrill of beauty, hope, strength. Because it seems like you see bliss that kiss at each of these bodies; he is like the rising sun, with its omnipresent light. " Sculpture came so sensual that many considered it indecent to show the widest possible audience.

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Auguste Rodin. Kiss. Fragment

Their happiness was not unclouded: Rodin never left his civilian wife, with whom he lived for more than 20 years, for Camilla, and she did not want to settle for the role of a lover. 15-year history of co-creation and passion ended in disaster: love Camilla grew into hatred. A few weeks, she did not leave the apartment, lost in a deep depression, molded pieces and then break them - the whole floor was covered with shards. Her mind could not stand this test: in 1913 a woman was placed in a psychiatric hospital, where she spent the remaining 30 years of his life.

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Camille Claudel. Left - flies * God *, 1890. Right - Bronze * Waltz * 1893

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Camille Claudel. * * The Age of Maturity, 1900 - an allegory of her break with Rodin. Figure beg you - a self-portrait of Camilla

Critics wrote that after breaking up with Camilla talent Rodin died down, and it is more and did not create anything significant. It is difficult to judge the extent of genius talent, but his most famous work really came at a time when their love with Camilla and inspiration was mutual. In the 1880-1890-ies. were created "Eve," "The Thinker," "The Eternal Idol", "Eternal Spring" and "The Kiss", recognized the top creative Auguste Rodin.

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Camille Claudel