25 Jun 2012

Stolen bust of Rodin by Claudel found

7:31 am on 25 June 2012

A stolen bronze bust of Auguste Rodin by his lover Camille Claudel has been found in an antique shop near the city of Lyon in France.

The 40cm bust, valued at around 1 million euros, was stolen 13 years ago. Two men are under arrest.

An antiques dealer was spotted loading his van with a suspicious object and arrested on 19 June in Montbrisson, 60 km east of Lyon.

The object turned out to be the Rodin bust, which was stolen in 1999 at the Gueret museum, near Clermont Ferrand in central France.

Rodin (1840-1917) and Claudel (1864-1943) made a number of sculptures of each other. Their relationship is considered to be one of the most artistically fruitful and passionate turn-of-the-century love affairs.