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Member Lecture: Camille Claudel

Fri, Oct 6 | 2:00–3:00

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Torso of a Crouching Woman, modeled about 1884–85, cast about 1913

Camille Claudel. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles.

A renegade artist, sculptor Camille Claudel fought against the social currents of her time to pursue her fiercely independent artistic vision. Her inventive and expressive depictions of the human form—whether in clay, plaster, bronze, and stone—tackled emotionally charged themes of love, loss, and desire that resonate loudly over a century later.  

Join Emerson Bowyer, Searle Curator in Painting and Sculpture of Europe, as he traces the tumultuous life and triumphant artistry at the center of Camille Claudel

Lead support for Camille Claudel is provided by an anonymous donor.

Major funding is provided by the Walter and Karla Goldschmidt Foundation, an anonymous donor, Amy and Paul Carbone, Marion A. Cameron-Gray, Nancy and Sanfred Koltun, Barbara and James MacGinnitie, Monika A. McLennan, Robin and Sandy Stuart, and Diane M. Tkach and James F. Freundt.

Members of the Luminary Trust provide annual leadership support for the museum’s operations, including exhibition development, conservation and collection care, and educational programming. The Luminary Trust includes an anonymous donor, Karen Gray-Krehbiel and John Krehbiel, Jr., Kenneth C. Griffin, the Harris Family Foundation in memory of Bette and Neison Harris, Josef and Margot Lakonishok, Robert M. and Diane v.S. Levy, Ann and Samuel M. Mencoff, Sylvia Neil and Dan Fischel, Cari and Michael J. Sacks, and the Earl and Brenda Shapiro Foundation.

Please note that this is an in-person event that takes place at the museum.

In accordance with state and City of Chicago guidelines, visitors to the museum are no longer required to wear masks or provide proof of vaccination. Anyone who would like to continue to wear a mask is welcome to do so. Learn more about our visiting policies and what to expect.

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Closed captioning will be available for this program. For questions related to accessibility accommodations, please email


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