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Rodin referenced the features of his assistant and lover, Camille Claudel, for this allegorical personification of France. A cast of this work was given to the US as a gift and can be found at the base of the Champlain Memorial Lighthouse in Crown Point, New York, which is near the Vermont border.
One thing I love about Rodin's work is how the surface of the figures and the treatment of the bronze, to produce different colors and levels of polish, can add meaning to the work beyond the subject being represented.
I’ve read a lot about the relationship between Rodin and Camille Claudel. I was surprised she was not mentioned in the Rodin exhibit. Or did I miss it?
There isn't much mention of Claudel in this exhibition because it focuses on the pieces we have in our collection which mostly don't relate directly to her, though she was an important part of Rodin's life.
I would recommend checking out Study for La France or Saint George, a bust-length sculpture that is based on Claudel's likeness.
Are there any sculptures of Camille Claudel?
There is one sculpture that is based on the likeness of Claudel, it's called "Study for La France or Saint George."