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La Petite Châtelaine


Between 1890 and 1893, at the height of their relationship, Claudel and Rodin stayed at the romantic castle L’Islette in the Loire valley. There Claudel portrayed the six-year old Madeleine Boyer, the castle owner’s granddaughter. The girl posed for a total of 62 hours and was rewarded for doing so with a doll by Claudel.

In the years that followed, Claudel produced four marble versions of the portrait. The most finished version with detailed hair and a marble plinth, was made in 1896 at the behest of industrialist Henri Fontaine. The sculpture harks back to Renaissance sculpture and demonstrates the great craftsmanship Claudel had learned from Boucher.

  • CC05

  • h. 16 cm.