Google Doodle celebrates Camille Claudel, French sculptor and Rodin muse

CNET | 12/7/2019 | Staff
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Google celebrates French sculptor Camille Claudel, who was also a model for, and mistress to, renowned sculptor Auguste Rodin.

Sunday's Google Doodle celebrates French sculptor Camille Claudel, who, as a woman in 19th century France, had to overcome gender-based restrictions to study art and create in a male-dominated art world.

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Claudel demonstrated interest in clay and molding at an early age, and on the advice of an established French sculptor moved to Paris when she was 17 so she could study art. However, the influential École des Beaux-Arts prohibited women from enrolling at the time, so she signed on at the Académie Colarossi, one of the few art schools where women were allowed to study.

To honor her accomplishment and artistry, Google dedicated its Doodle to Claudel on her 155th birthday.

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Born in Fère-en-Tardenois, France, Claudel moved to the Montparnasse section of Paris in 1881 at the urging of Alfred Boucher. Claudel studied with Boucher for three years before renowned sculptor Auguste Rodin was asked to take over her instruction.

Working as an assistant to Rodin, Claudel soon became his muse, serving as his model, mistress and confidant. Claudel was heavily influenced by Rodin's technique, especially the importance of capturing profiles and facial expressions.


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