The French sculptor Camille Claudel (1864-1943) was the muse, pupil, and lover of Auguste Rodin, as well as a major artist in her own right. She is perhaps better known for her tempestuous relationship with Rodin than for her moving works of art, many of which can be found at the Musee Rodin in Paris.

After her breakup with Rodin in 1898, Claudel composed some of her best sculptures, yet she grew increasingly reclusive and paranoid. In 1913 her family committed her to an insane asylum, where she remained for the last 30 years of her life. [ excerpt from http://biography.yourdictionary.com ]

The photo on the left is Camille Claudel in 1884 (aged 19)

The photo on the right is Camille Claudel in her studio (1888), working on Sakountala, one her more famous sculptures.

Love Is In The Air.
Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera in Mexico, 1933.
Diego Rivera had four wives. But his third, the fascinating, talented and now world famous art icon Frida Kahlo, was the focus of his most passionate and haunting affair. Their lives initially intersected in 1922, when Rivera, already a celebrated artist at age 36, painted his first mural in Mexico City in the amphitheater of the National Preparatory School. Born in Guanajuato, Mexico, Rivera had studied painting in Spain and had settled for a decade in Paris, where he was a member of the avant-garde. In 1921, he had left behind his common-law wife, returned to his homeland and joined the Communist party. A lifelong revolutionary, he expressed his social and political convictions in monumental paintings that spoke to his countrymen. Brilliant, charismatic and a devoted lover of women, he often found those affections returned, even though he was overweight and incontestably ugly, with fuzzy hair and bulging eyes.

Kahlo was a student at the Preparatory who watched the famous artist with interest. She was bright and a definite tomboy who ran around with troublemakers. Petite and striking, her looks stemmed in part from her heritage: part German, part Jewish, part Spanish, and part Indian. Her black eyebrows met over her nose and her right leg was withered from polio. She was only 15, but she knew that she was wanted. “My ambition is to have a child by Diego Rivera”, Kahlo immediately notified a friend” And I am going to tell him someday”. To get the artist’s attention, she mercilessly taunted him, calling him names like “Old Fatso” and playing pranks on him.

Eventually they became lovers and then husband & wife. [ excerpt from https://2ptbull.wordpress.com/2008/01/04/the-love-story-of-frida-and-diego/ ]

Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat at the Whitney
Museum, New York, 1987. Photograph by © George Hirose.

Keith Haring’s career ended with his death at 31; Jean-Michel Basquiat’s career ended with his death at 27. They were the most powerful artists of their generation and both produced a life’s work in little more than a decade. Their intensity seemed fated, as if they knew they had only a few years to change the world. [ excerpt from christies.com ] ‪

Giovanni Boldini (1842 – 1931) was an Italian genre and portrait painter who lived and worked in Paris for most of his career. According to a 1933 article in Time magazine, he was known as the "Master of Swish" because of his flowing style of painting.
Born in Ferrara, Italy as the eighth in a family of thirteen children, Giovanni Boldini was the son of a painter and art restorer. He was a sickly baby, which led to a sick childhood, but was favored by his father nonetheless. This closeness with his father was probably the reason that Boldini became interested in art.

At the age of 20, Boldini received a bit of money from a wealthy uncle and decided to go to Florence and attend The Academy of Art. Here he met members of the Barbizon school and was also influenced by the Macchiaioli—a group of artists opposed to academic painting.

Boldini was able to travel extensively over the next few years to London, Italy, Spain and other corners of Europe. He studied the works of Degas, Manet, Caillebot and Sisely and was said to have admired the work of Corot. By the 1890s he was one of the most fashionable portrait artists in Paris, though he is not well-known today.
Boldini's specialty was flashy, sketchy portraits of women. Not only that, but his subjects were often placed in slightly (or very) seductive poses that made the women in his portrait look sensual and even powerful.
He married journalist Emilia Cardona in 1929, when he was 87: Cardona was 30. This was the same year Alaida Banti died. Alaida was the daughter of artist Cristiano Banti, who assisted Boldini's career after the young artist moved to Florence from Ferrara. Alaida was a teenager when she met Boldini and fell in love with him. Cristiano did not approve of the relationship. Boldini and Alaida maintained some sort of relationship even after he left Italy. He proposed marriage in 1903 but this was thwarted by Cristiano, who died the following year. [ excerpts from Wikipedia.com & artexpertswebsite.com ]

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René & Georgette Magritte, 1920. "Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist." ~ Rene Magritte
Magritte married Georgette Berger in June 1922. Georgette was daughter of a butcher in Charleroi and had first met Magritte when she was only 13. They met again in Brussels in 1920 and Georgette subsequently became Magritte's model and muse. In 1936 Magritte's marriage got into trouble when he met a young artist, Sheila Legg, and began an affair. Magritte arranged for his friend, Paul Colinet, to entertain and distract Georgette, but this led to an affair between his wife and Colinet. Magritte and his wife did not reconcile until 1940.

Magritte died of pancreatic cancer on 15 August 1967. He was 68. [ excerpt from Wikipedia ]

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