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

The Age of Maturity

Bronze, 114 x 163 x 72 cm
Musée d'Orsay, Paris

This sculpture shows a man between two women, one younger and one older. The man is not actually standing between the women, the older one is leading him away with her, with no visible resistance from him. The younger one stays behind, her hands stretched out toward him beseechingly.

The work bears autobiographical features. It is a symbolic representation of the triangular relationship between Rose Beuret, Rodin's lifelong partner, Rodin, and Camille Claudel herself.

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