A mesmerizing tale of art and passion in Belle Époque France
As a woman, aspiring sculptor Camille Claudel has plenty of critics, especially her ultra-traditional mother. But when Auguste Rodin makes Camille his apprentice—and his muse—their passion inspires groundbreaking works. Yet, Camille’s success is overshadowed by her lover’s rising star, and her obsessions cross the line into madness.
Rodin’s Lover brings to life the volatile love affair between one of the era’s greatest artists and a woman entwined in a tragic dilemma she cannot escape.
"Masterfully crafted...a larger-than-life love story full of passion and tragedy. Webb captures the era and characters to perfection."--RT Book Reviews, starred review
"You'll be drawn into this story of obsession and passion."--Cosmopolitan
"Dazzling!...Deeply moving and meticulously researched, this book will capture your heart, then hold it tightly long after the final page."--Anne Girard, author of MADAME PICASSO (less)
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"Rodin's Lover" by Heather Webb does not disappoint! This was my first time reading about Camille Claudel. Even though I've never read about her before I have read and heard and seen Auguste Rodin's work and his legacy. It was refreshing to learn about Camille and I thought that this was beautifully written for many different reasons.
First, Camille. She was such a complex and muli-layered person. It was difficult to love her a first because she seemed so difficult and so fixated on her art and her passion but at the same time it was easy to admire her tenacity and determination. In many ways she had the odds stalked against her. She was trying to break into a field that did not welcome or have many previous woman artists. In many ways Camille's experience with Rodin were both a blessing and a curse. As their relationship evolved it became more complicated and more more intense. It was a passionate relationship destined to be doomed.
One of the many reasons that Webb is so enjoyable to read is that she obviously does her research. I learned so much about Josephine in "Becoming Josephine" and now in "Rodin's Lover." Also, she seems to really love and understand her heroines, their drive, their circumstances and their humanity. This was such a rich combination of work, love, passion, art, mental illness and determination. Needless to say I loved and enjoyed this story and Camille. She is truly worth reading about!