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Camille Claudel

  • At this holiday time I always think of our dear mother. I never saw her again after the day you took the fateful decision to send me to a lunatic asylum! I think of that lovely portrait I did of her in the shade of our beautiful garden. ... I doubt whether that hateful person I often mention to you [Rodin] would have the audacity to attribute it to himself, like my other works — that would be too much, the portrait of my mother!

    • Camille Claudel,
    • c. 1930, in Anne Delbée, Camille Claudel ()
  • [Incarcerated in an asylum by her family for thirty years:] I don't belong in the midst of all this, you must get me out of this place; after fourteen years, today, of such a life, I cry out for freedom.

    • Camille Claudel,
    • 1927, in Anne Delbée, Camille Claudel ()

Camille Claudel, French sculptor

(1864 - 1943)