Rainer Maria Rilke traveled to Paris in 1902 where he became moved by and deeply involved in the work of Auguste Rodin (a great sculptor who created The Thinker, among others). Rilke became enamored by Rodin’s impassioned work ethic, genius, and originality. About 20 years earlier, Rodin became involved with Camille Claudel, a French sculptor and graphic artist who began working in his studio. The passion was remarkable, and Rilke wrote the following description of that relationship in poetic form:
Commissioned by Kelly Parmenter, Conductor, and the Colorado Choir.