The Burrell Collection acquired a bronze from French sculptor Camille Claudel, becoming the first British public collection to do so.
The bronze, entitled L’Implorante, is the museum’s first acquisition in ten years and the first sculpture of a woman from the Collection. Claudel was a contemporary and a close collaborator of Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), whose work is synonymous with a museum.
Glasgow Life, the charity that manages the Burrell Collection, purchased the sculpture with support from the trustees of Burrell, the National Fund for Acquisitions, the Art Fund and the Henry Moore Foundation.
The currently closed museum will reopen in March 2022, after a major upgrade and re-display of the building.
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The Imploring will initially be presented as part of the inaugural exhibition in the new special exhibition and event space of the Burrell Collection.
The free exhibition, which will open in late summer 2022, will explore Sir William Burrell’s legacy as a man and collector and his motivations for creating an internationally renowned museum for the people of Glasgow and the -of the.
Professor Frances Fowle, Principal Administrator, Sir William Burrell Trust, said Claudel was an important role model for women sculptors at the turn of the 20th century.
“The sculpture will perfectly complement the museum’s large collection of works by Auguste Rodin, with whom Claudel’s career was so closely linked,” said Fowle.
The kneeling figure was first modeled as part of a larger three-figure group, The Mature Age (Maturity) in 1895-98, which depicts a middle-aged man distant from the young figure shown in The imploring.
Advisor David McDonald, president of Glasgow Life, said the new coin demonstrates that the Burrell is “not a static collection, but a collection that embraces change and responds to the world around it”.
Dr Hazel Williamson, head of the National Acquisitions Fund, said:
We are particularly pleased that the support of the NFA allows Claudel’s powerful sculpture to take its place alongside Rodin’s work when The Burrell Collection opens next year, bringing this artist’s work to the fore. unique talent to a new audience.