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Camille Claudel

Published on December 12, 2023

The trailblazing French sculptor Camille Claudel defied the social expectations of her time to pursue original and powerful explorations of the human form.

This exhibition is the first comprehensive display of Claudel’s work in the United States in over 20 years and marks the 130th anniversary of the first public presentation of her sculpture in this country—at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Featuring some 60 sculptures from more than 30 institutional and private lenders, the presentation gathers her key compositions, showcasing her remarkable technical ability and innovative creations across multiple genres and materials. 

Claudel’s sculptures contend with universal themes of love, loss, passion, and the intimacy of daily experience; they embody the artist’s uncompromising pursuit of stylistic and professional independence. Her genius and sensibility are so thoroughly modern that her works continue to resonate, perhaps even more loudly today than during her tumultuous life.

The exhibition runs from October 7, 2023 – February 19, 2024 at The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603.

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