Monday 1 February
10 AM PST
1 PM EST
6 PM GMT
7 PM CET
With Dr. Silvia Regonelli
Her precocious, incredible talent for sculpting made country girl Camille Claudel ambitious enough to reach for success in the big city: Paris. And the path she chose for herself was monumental: in the art world, sculpture had always been the exclusive domain of men. She became a pupil, and then assistant, to Auguste Rodin – the rising star of the time. They eventually became lovers and influenced each other’s styles, while engaging in a competition that Camille was bound to lose, being a woman. Her mind could not bear it: she started to lose her mental stability, until her family confined her to a care home, never to sculpt again for the last thirty years of her life.
Part of the Series “A Room of One’s Own”, by Dr. Silvia Regonelli
Berthe Morisot, Camille Claudel, Vanessa Bell: throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, these three women of genius and will, struggled to find a place for their art in the same way as men had already found it. Firstly, a place where they could learn it. Then, a place to create it, and finally, a place to show it where it could be seen, appreciated, and judged.
While art and the world of artistic education and production changed, they changed with it – finding enemies and allies along the way.
In this Biography Lecture we will look at how they created their works, what happened to the artists and, most importantly, what happened to their art.