These Camille Claudel Quotes Will Bring Out Your Inner Artist

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Top Camille Claudel Quotes

Famous French sculptor Camille Claudel offers us touching quotes about her life and her work. After her family claimed that she was mentally ill, they committed her to a psychiatric hospital where she lived for 30 years. There has been much speculation surrounding whether or not she was truly ill.

Although she lived mostly in obscurity, her legacy has since lived on. She left behind a small portion of her work after destroying most of it. Fortunately, Claudel also left us with these inspiring quotes to live by. From them, we are able to view the value of art and life from her perspective.

These deep quotes will remind you that life is precious. You'll never take a day for granted again.

Heartbreaking Camille Claudel Quotes

  • "I have all sorts of problems and feel discouraged."

  • "Don't fear anything for your letters, they are burnt one by one and I hope you do the same with mine."

  • "I have had the problem of seeing my male model go to Italy and... stay there."

  • "I have been back in Paris for two weeks. Nothing new. Life is still bitter."

  • "I don't want to say anything because I know I am unable to protect you from the harm that I see."

  • "I am in no mood to be deceived any longer by the crafty devil and false character whose greatest pleasure is to take advantage of everyone."

Deep Camille Claudel Quotes

  • "I sleep completely naked to make me believe you are here, but when I wake up it is not the same thing. Most of all, don't deceive me with other women any more."

  • "I would prefer to have a more appealing job. If I could still change careers, I would prefer it. This unfortunate art is made for long beards and ugly faces rather than for a relatively well-endowed woman."

  • "I tolerate my faults but not at all other people's."

  • "You find me at work; excuse the dust on my blouse. I sculpt my marble myself."

  • "I took all my wax studies and threw them in the fire... that's the way it is when something unpleasant happens to me. I take my hammer and I squash a figure."

  • "It is in fact agreed that I am the plague, the cholera of the benevolent and generous men who are interested in art and that, when I show myself with my plasters, even the Emperor of the Sahara would flee."

Touching Camille Claudel Quotes

  • "If you are nice, and keep your promise, we will be in paradise."

  • "I am not feeling any better because I cannot stay in bed, having constant cause for walking. They say I leave at night by the window of my tower, hanging from a red umbrella with which I set fire to the forest!"

  • "My countrymen have commissioned a bust of the Republic. It will be placed on the fountain of my native town."

  • "You know what black hatred women feel toward me as soon as they see me, until I return inside my shell, they use every possible weapon. As soon as a generous man tries to help me out, a woman is here to hold his arm and prevent him from acting."

  • "I would have preferred to be successful here with a piece that cost me a huge amount of money and effort... rather than sending to Bohemia some ordinary works."

Moving Camille Claudel Quotes

  • "Sir Rodin convinced my parents to have me committed; they are all in Paris to arrange it."

  • "You promised to take care of me and not to turn your back on me. How is it possible that you never wrote to me even once and you never came back to see me? Do you think that it is fun for me to spend months, even years, without any news, without any hope!"

  • "I have fallen into an abyss. I live in a world so curious, so strange. Of the dream that was my life, this is my nightmare."

  • "There is always something missing that torments me."

  • "They try to force me to sculpt here. They don't succeed, so they make trouble for me."

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