Coffee Talks with Nan Colton: Woman Genius
Join us for this Coffee Talk performance with Nan Colton. “In the nineteenth century”, Brancusi declared, “the situation in sculpture was desperate. Rodin arrived and transformed everything.” It would not be an exaggeration to state that Rodin’s artistic career was shaped by women. They were his source of inspiration, his assistants, models, romantic partners, and his patrons. Camille Claudel met Rodin in 1882, when he taught Boucher’s female students, while the latter, who had won the famous Prix-de-Rome, was on a one-year trip to Italy. Their relationship lasted 11 years; its demise nearly shattering her. Known for her figurative works in bronze and marble, Claudel died in relative obscurity, but later gained recognition for the stunning quality of her work. The Musée Rodin in Paris has a room dedicated to her art, and the national Camille Claudel Museum in Nogent-sur-Seine opened in 2017. This story, set in 1914, will be told from Camille’s point of view.
- 10:00 am – 10:30 am Refreshments served in the Membership Garden
- 10:30 am – 11 am Coffee Talk presentation by Nan Colton
- 11:00 am Q&A followed by a docent tour
FREE for MFA members; Not-yet members are $22 for adults and $17 for seniors.