Camille Claudel - Beside Books


Text by Monica Foggia
Illustrations by Martina Marzadori


This graphic novel recounts the life of Camille Claudel, one of the great female artists who was unable to express her talent due to gender bias. But it is also a story of love for art and for life, a story to understand something more about the world we live in and in which we would like to live.

Camille Claudel (1864-1943) was a French artist. Belonging to a wealthy family, she spent her childhood and youth fighting against her mother, a bigoted woman with no cultural interests, who always tried to belittle her and was against her artistic career, unlike her father, who was well aware of his daughter’s talent and supported her until the end of his days.
When Claudel moved to Paris, she entered Auguste Rodin’s atelier, a sculptor already established and acclaimed by critics. In a short time she became his closest collaborator, his muse and lover. Rodin and Claudel worked together for about ten years, but from 1893 the sculptress began to distance herself from the master, both because of a voluntary abortion, and because she was exasperated by art critics who kept on comparing her works to those of Rodin, without ever recognizing her autonomy or artistic maturity, and even going so far as to insinuate that the works created by Claudel were not actually hers.
The first symptoms of psychosis began after she left Rodin. In March 1913, exactly one week after her father’s death, her relatives asked for and obtained the interdiction of the artist. Thus she was taken to an asylum, where she remained until her death due to starvation in 1943, in the midst of World War Two.
The biography, narrated in the first person and with images devoid of “genre” historical references, wants to show the universality of this story, focused on the private and artistic events of Camille Claudel’s life, from the moment of her entering the Academy until her internment in an asylum.
Monica Foggia is a teacher, author and radio host. In 2021, BeccoGiallo publishing house is to publish the biographical comics on Christa Wolf, written by Monica Foggia and drawn by Martina Marzadori.
Martina Marzadori is a cartoonist and illustrator graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna. In 2021, BeccoGiallo publishing house is to publish the biographical comics on Christa Wolf, drawn by Martina Marzadori and written by Monica Foggia.
17x24 cm
128 pages
Hardcover
literature lovers
feminists