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Camille Claudel
LA VALSE (DEUXIÈME VERSION)
Estimate
800,0001,200,000
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PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE COLLECTOR

Camille Claudel
LA VALSE (DEUXIÈME VERSION)
Estimate
800,0001,200,000
LOT SOLD. 1,865,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

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Camille Claudel
1864 - 1943
LA VALSE (DEUXIÈME VERSION)
Inscribed C. Claudel, stamped with the foundry mark Eug. Blot Paris and numbered 13
Bronze
Height: 18 in.
45.7 cm
Conceived in 1895 and cast in 1905.
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The authenticity of this work has kindly been confirmed by Danielle Ghanassia.

Provenance

Liane Dyade, Paris (acquired by 1950)

Philippe Cazeau, Paris

Claire Simard Odermatt (acquired in 1990)

Catherine Vedovi (acquired from the above)

Literature

Anne-Rivière, L' Interdite Camille Claudel 1864-1943, Paris, 1983, illustration of the plaster version p. 27, illustration of another cast p. 30

Bruno Gaudichon, "Catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre sculpté, peint et gravé," in Camille Claudel (1864-1943) (exhibition catalogue), Paris, 1984, no. 17c, illustration of another cast p. 51

Reine-Marie Paris, Camille Claudel, Paris, 1984, illustrations of another cast pp. 261-63

Reine-Marie Paris, Camille, The Life of Camille Claudel, Rodin's Muse and Mistress, New York, 1988, illustrations of another cast pls. 80-81

J. Boly, "Camille Claudel, état des recherches et du rayonnement," in Société Paul Claudel en Belgique, 1989, illustration of another cast p. 47

Reine-Marie Paris & Arnaud de La Chapelle, L' Oeuvre de Camille Claudel, Catalogue raisonné, 1991, Paris, no. 28, illustrations of another cast & other versions pp. 130-34

Anne Rivière, Bruno Gaudichon & Danielle Ghannasia, Camille Claudel, Catalogue raisonné, Paris, 1996, no. 32.7, illustrated pp. 87-88, illustrations of another cast pp. 89 & 91

Anne Rivière, Bruno Gaudichon & Danielle Ghannasia, Camille Claudel, Catalogue raisonné, Paris, 1996, no. 33.7, illustrations of another cast p. 115

Catalogue Note

La Valse, Claudel's dynamic rendering of a couple in movement, is considered her among her best sculptures.  Claudel moved to Paris in the early 1880s from her family's farm in northern France to pursue a career in the plastic arts.   She was not even twenty years old when the sculptor Paul Dubois introduced her to Auguste Rodin and within a year she became an apprentice in his studio. Claudel and Rodin worked together for over a decade, during which time she flourished both as in indispensable figure in the Rodin studio and a virtuosic sculptor in her own right. Claudel not only produced unbelievably elegant and sensual masterpieces such as La Valse, she also contributed hands and feet (widely acknowledged to be the most demanding forms) to Rodin's most famous work La Porte de l'Enfer, and there is even speculation that she was the true creator of Rodin's celebrated Galatée (Mathias Morhardt, "Mlle. Camille Claudel," Mercure de France, 1898, p. 17).

The rhythm of the waltz in which these figures are engaged can be felt in the tension of the bodies and the whirl of the drapery. In another version, today known as the first, the figures are enveloped by drapery which climbs up and around their heads. In a second version the drapery is modified, so that the figures are now nude from the waist up. Variations also ensued within this second series, where the base on which the figures dance was modified and the placement of the man and woman's heads vary. The present work incorporates several of Claudel's modifications, as here the man's lips rest tenderly against the woman's cheek, rather than against her neck as in other versions. The drapery is also more worked than in other versions, and serves as a support for the two figures enveloped in their delicate and passionate dance.

The present bronze was cast in 1905 in a planned edition of 50, 25 of which were cast.  It has been noted that the La Valse series represents Claudel's, "most daring and personal works" and that with, "these works, Camille Claudel displayed a completely autonomous genius and takes a place among the greatest artists of the turn of the century" (Anne Rivière, Bruno Gaudichon & Danielle Ghanassia, op.cit., pp. 116-17).

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