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

La Petite Châtelaine

1895
Marble, height 34 cm
Musée Rodin, Paris

At the height of their affaire, Claudel and Rodin shared the Château de l'Islette, a romantic spot in the Tours region. Here Claudel executed a bust of La Petite Châtelaine, Marguerite Boyer, the owners's six-year-old granddaughter. The child was obliged to sit for nearly sixty-two hours of posing, in exchange for which Claudel bought her a doll.

The motionless, studied pose of the figure fully conveys little Marguerite's concentration. Hypnotized, she watches the sculptor's every gestures. Several plasters were cast; in 1895 and 1896, Claudel sculpted four marbles, one of them was owned by Claude Debussy.