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

Gossips

1897
Onyx and bronze, 45 x 42 x 39 cm
Musée Rodin, Paris

In this intimate composition, which is conceived as a caricature, three nudes, sitting on two benches, lean in the direction of a fourth woman. Completely wrapped up in their confidential chat, their tilted heads, concentrated expressions, and wide eyes betray their curiosity over some priceless revelation. The high quality and realistic execution of this anecdotal subject make it a peerless work. Several versions exist, differing only in the handling of the screen and hair. One in onyx, a rare material that is difficult to work, was executed in 1897.

This work was exhibited at the 1897 Salon of the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts.