When I was a very young woman I used to rent videos from the most fabulous place in Osborne Village when I lived in Winnipeg, I stumbled upon a French movie (subtitled) featuring Gerard Depardieu (whom I admired) about Camille Claudel. She was an amazing sculptor who was disregarded by her mother and envied by her siblings and who worked under Auguste Rodin, with whom she had a tempestuous affair. After an abortion she terminated her relationship with him. She was considered a genius, and it has been suggested that Rodin exploited her talents, claiming her work as his own. Later she also had a relationship with Claude Debussey and after she ended it, in sorrow he wrote "I weep for the disappearance of the Dream of this Dream", Because of her emotional nature, her family had her institutionalized as a paranoid schizophrenic though many disputed their claims, including the asylum where she died alone.
AIRdirondack Art Project