Camille Claudel (1864–1943) was born in Fère-en-Tardenois, France, into a wealthy family. Unable to study at the École des Beaux-Arts, she trained instead at one of the few places that did admit female students – the Académie Colarossi. At the age of 18, she was being guided by the sculptor Alfred Boucher, who introduced Rodin to her as a replacement tutor. She rented a studio and worked with other artists such as Jessie Lipscomb. In 1884, she began to work in Rodin’s workshop, and thus their turbulent and intense affair began. Due to social constraints and the often masculine nature of her work, she became reliant on Rodin to produce or put his name to her sculptures. It is uncertain how much of her work remains uncredited, but it is clear that the two artists influenced each other’s work considerably.
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