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Young Roman

A mottled brown-orange sculpture of the upper torso and head of a young man with a far-off, almost sad gaze, short hair, and robed gar
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  • A mottled brown-orange sculpture of the upper torso and head of a young man with a far-off, almost sad gaze, short hair, and robed gar

Date:

Modeled about 1881-86

Artist:

Camille Claudel
French, 1864-1943

About this artwork

This plaster bust depicts Camille Claudel’s teenage brother, Paul. The artist portrayed the future writer and diplomat as a young and proud Roman patrician. The gravitas of the sitter’s expression and the strictly frontal composition contrast with the thin drapery that swirls around his shoulders and ripples across his chest. Painted by the artist herself with transparent layers of yellow, red, green, and brown, the work imitates the oxidized surfaces of ancient Greek and Roman bronzes.

Claudel was among the most daring and visionary sculptors of the late 19th century. From around 1905 her mental health declined and, in 1913, she was forcibly interned for the remainder of her life in a psychiatric facility, having displayed symptoms of what was called paranoid psychosis. This event marked the premature end of her career.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Painting and Sculpture of Europe

Artist

Camille Claudel

Title

Young Roman

Place

France (Artist's nationality:)

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1881–1886

Medium

Plaster with polychrome patina

Dimensions

52 × 45 × 27 cm (20 1/2 × 17 3/4 × 10 11/16 in.)

Credit Line

Through prior bequest of Joseph Winterbotham; purchased with funds provided by an anonymous donor, Anne Searle Bent, and Celia and David Hilliard

Reference Number

2022.1438

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