Today’s WomanScape card introduces our upcoming theme for the month of June – WATER.
Below you’ll see a marvelously detailed sculpture filled with exciting movement and aptly called Wave. Camille Claudel is the French artist who created it in 1897. Although her work was very well received, Claudel’s success was overshadowed by her role as student, muse and lover of Auguste Rodin.
What’s wonderful about Claudel’s piece is how she captures the ubiquitous quality of water’s presence in our lives. We feel it’s celebrated strength as the female figures stand under the wave of water poised to wash over them. Sadly, Claudel died in relative obscurity, but many experts consider her an un-celebrated genius whose work contained more energy and passion than Rodin’s.
However, Claudel did pave the way for future sculptors, working at the only salon in Paris that accepted women.
In Heather Webb’s novel, Rodin’s Lover, Webb provides a biographical and insightful account of what Claudel’s life was like, mentioning her long days at the salon and the challenges she faced as a female artist at the turn of the 20th century.