Camille Claudel et Rodin (french version)
"Tout l'oeuvre" Collection
From today's date, October 12th, 1886, onwards I will have Melle Camille Claudel as my sole student and I will protect her, and her alone, with all the means I have at my disposal, as will my friends, and more particulary my infl uential friends, who are also her friends.
I will not accept any other students [...] I will no longer go to Mme X's house, and will no longer teach her sculpting. After the exhibition in May, we will leave for Italy and will stay there for at least 6 months, living together in an indissoluble relationship, after which Melle Claudel shall be my wife."
Rodin commits himself, he agrees to everything, probably under the infl uence of Melle Camille. Is this contract an erotic game by which he puts himself entirely at the disposal of his mistress? It is one of the most powerful documents showing the passion that linked the Master to his student, one of the fundamental milestone of this "lamentable story", as Paul Claudel, Camille's brother described it.
Camille Claudel & Rodin, a story in three stages. Antoinette Le Normand-Romain regulates her analysis in three periods, from the sculptures of the two artists: Sakountala, an ambitious and romantic work refl ects the shared passion; Fate and the Convalescent are in the very heart of the game of crossed references and inspirations; Niobid, fi nally, hurt, broken, nostalgic, symbolizes the failure of Camille both as a woman and as an artist.
Time will heal everything draws objectively the aesthetic consequences of the tempestuous links that existed between the two sculptors.