Genius, Interrupted

The life, times, and trials of sculptor Camille Claudel

“Au miroir d’un art nouveau (In the Mirror of a New Art)” by Camille Claudel, 1899

By Emma Garman

he ground-floor apartment at 19 quai Bourbon, on the Ile de St. Louis in central Paris, was unlike anything the two hospital wardens had ever seen. Amid filth and clutter, dried-out clay, and a festoon of spider webs was not furniture, save for one broken and torn armchair, but sculptures…