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MAILLOL, Aristide

Banyuls-sur-Mer, Pyrénées-Orientales 1861 - Banyuls-sur-Mer, Pyrénées-Orientales 1944

Maker: Valsuani, C.

Baigneuse

Bather

1900

bronze

statue

Dimensions (HxWxD): H. 47 14 in.

on the proper left vertical side of the base: AMAILLOL
on the back top proper left corner: 5/6
and on the reverse: C. VALSUANI PERDUE

Acc. No.: 1998.420

Credit Line: Estate of Leona Levine

Photo credit: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

© Artist:


Provenance

  • By 1966, New York, Marlborough-Gerson Gallery
  • 1966, March 31, sold to Harry and Leona Levine, Cambridge, MA
  • 1998, December 16, gift of the estate of Leona Levine

Bibliography

  • Museum's website, 16 February 2012 and 20 March 2012

Related works

  • Other bronzes, 1900:
    - London, Thomas Gibson Fine Arts, numbered 3/6 (sold by Advisory Services in 1999)
    - New York, Perls Galleries, numbered 4/6.

Comment

  • Museum's label text, 2003:
    One of the greatest sculptors of the twentieth century, Maillol focused on the representation of the female nude throughout his long career, first in paintings and tapestries, and after 1899, in sculpture. This figure is among the artist's earliest sculptural studies, although the softly rounded, serene, classical style of his mature work is already evident. Valsuani, one of the two foundries with which Maillol liked to work, cast this bronze from Maillol's terra-cotta model. It was the artist's custom to have only six bronzes made of a model, after which the mold was destroyed.