Acquisition of four works by Camille Claudel

In the year of its opening, the museum's public and private partners rallied round during the auction of the last group of works still owned by the artist's descendants. Four major works have thus enriched the museum's collections: Young Roman, Portrait de Louise Claudel, Old blind person singing and Homme aux bras croisés.

The polychrome bust of Paul Claudel, entitled Young Roman, is a masterly portrait, one of the artist's most powerful works. The portrait drawing of the artist's sister Louise, an equally exceptional acquisition, bears witness to a style and mastery reminiscent of the work of Manet or Toulouse-Lautrec. Finally, Homme aux bras croisés, a small terracotta figure, is part of the sequence devoted to work in Rodin's studio, while Old blind person singing completes the major theme of representation of the aging face and body.