CLAUDEL, Camille
(b. 1864, Fêre-en-Tardenois, d. 1943, Montdevergues)

Clotho

1893
Plaster, height 90 cm
Musée Rodin, Paris

Clotho is the youngest of the Three Fates or Moirai, in ancient Greek mythology. She was responsible for spinning the thread of human life.

In Claudel's sculpture the roguish spinner is apparently caught in her own trap: the standing figure's hair seems tangled in the skeins of thread with which she spins out every human life, making her a strange and evil creature. Her insanely tilted head, deformed chin, wild eyes, and hint of awful laughter captivate the beholder.

The plaster was exhibited at the Salon of 1893. The final marble piece was completed in 1897. Its whereabouts are unknown.