Love and Art Creation: Rodin and Camille Claudel
Psychology and Behavioral Sciences
Volume 7, Issue 3, June 2018, Pages: 56-61
Received: Aug. 15, 2018; Accepted: Sep. 10, 2018; Published: Oct. 9, 2018
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Michelle Morin-Bompart, Department of Psychiatry, CHU Broussais Hotel Dieu, University of Paris VI, Paris, France
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Rodin and Camille Claudel’s loves were passionate and tumultuous, a short blaze between 1885 and 1892, only seven years of their life! Their works reveal their loving passion. Each one has his own talent. Rodin and Camille Claudel have influenced each other and their works answer to one another. Rodin finds in Camille an elder sister who understands him, with whom he can share his passion for sculpture. Both of them have been fascinated by modeling clay. Camille will find in Rodin a father who encouraged her talent for sculpture and a beloved brother with whom she had great complicity. The Kiss of Rodin suggests the beginning of their love and Camille’s Sakountala is the answer and proof of it. Camille’s Middle Age and Rodin’s Fugit Amor reveal the end. Love inspires creators. Freud says that sexual drives are sublimated in creative surges. Consciously or not, the creators express their love passion and sexual desires in their creations. André Green says that you can’t split the creator’s life from his creations. The creator’s unconscious can reveal a lot from their love affairs and secrets. This is the case for Camille and Rodin. Of course we don’t have the real proof that they had two children together, except for Jessie’s testimony and the photo of Camille sculpting Sakountala. We can read in creators’ works like in dreams and I am convinced that creations are also a royal path, like dreams, leading to the unconscious of their creators.
Love, Creation, Art, Sculpture, Unconscious
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Michelle Morin-Bompart, Love and Art Creation: Rodin and Camille Claudel, Psychology and Behavioral Sciences. Vol. 7, No. 3, 2018, pp. 56-61. doi: 10.11648/j.pbs.20180703.13
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