In this manner, Boucher became the patron of Camille's atelier. As his weekly visits increased the respect he held for Camille's work, he decided to introduce the young sculptor to his friend Paul Dubois, the director of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Camille met Dubois and showed him several clay studies, among them David and Goliath so admired by Mathias Morhardt. Dubois immediately recognized the strength of these early works, a strength he had previously seen elsewhere, and exclaimed: "You took lessons with Monsieur Rodin!" But Camille had not yet met Rodin. She did not even know his name.
MASTER MEETS HIS MUSE: THE RODIN YEARS
My Camille be assured that I feel love for no other woman, and that my soul belongs to you. I can't convince you and my arguments are powerless. You don't believe my suffering. I weep and you question it. I have not laughed in so long. I don't sing anymore everything is dull and indifferent to me. I am already a dead man and I don't understand the trouble I went through for things which are now indifferent to me. Let me see you every day; it will be a generous action and maybe ;I will get better, because you alone can save me through your kindness.
In 1886 he followed Claudel to England, where she was visiting The Lipscomb Family, friends whom invited her down to stay with them. Rodin showed up with an excuse but then left days later leaving Camille there for a longer visit.
Camille Claudel was at her most productive creatively after the breakup with Rodin. Having completed some of her most original and mature works, including L'Age Mur (1898), an autobiographical sculpture depicting a love triangle, and La Vague (1900), with three female figures bathing under an enormous wave. The latter work was indicative of a new style for Claudel, who now used onyx, a rare material, and based her compositions on an eloquent play of curves. She composed large works as well as sculptures of a more intimate scale, making quick sketches of people in the streets of Paris and returning home to sculpt them. Unfortunately, these small figures do not survive; she destroyed them all.