Aristide Maillol  (French, 1861-1944) 

Aristide Maillol (French, 1861–1944) was an influential Catalan sculptor, best known for his classicizing depictions of femininity. Born in Banyuls-sur-Mer, he moved to Paris to study at the École des Beaux-Arts under Jean-Léon Gérôme (French, 1824–1904). Encouraged by Paul Gauguin (French, 1848–1903), Maillol began his artistic studies in tapestry design before going on to make his earliest sculptures out of terracotta, stone, and wood. Maillol later started casting sculptures in bronze in the style of Henry Moore and Alberto Giacometti.

Maillol’s work almost exclusively depicts the female figure, abstracted into simplified forms with strong lines, standing autonomously from any architectural context. In 1975, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum held a career retrospective of Maillol’s work. His sculptures are included in collections worldwide, including the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington D.C., the Musée d''''''''Orsay and the Maillol Museum in Paris, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Additionally, three of Maillol’s bronzes are exhibited at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City.

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Aristide Maillol, Petite Nuit


Aristide Maillol
Petite Nuit

Galerie Bale
Aristide Maillol, Study for 'The Thought' or 'The Mediterranean' / Etude pour 'la Pensee' ou 'La Méditerranée'


Aristide Maillol
Study for 'The Thought' or 'The Mediterranean' / Etude pour 'la Pensee' ou 'La Méditerranée'
circa 1905

Gilden's Arts UK
Aristide Maillol, Baigneuse debout


Aristide Maillol
Baigneuse debout
Galerie Dreyfus
Aristide Maillol, Ile de France


Aristide Maillol
Ile de France
MK Fine Art, Inc.
Aristide Maillol, Femme nue debout de face


Aristide Maillol
Femme nue debout de face
Galerie de la Présidence
Aristide Maillol, Etude de femme nue assise de dos


Aristide Maillol
Etude de femme nue assise de dos
Galerie de la Présidence
Aristide Maillol, Femme nue debout vue de face


Aristide Maillol
Femme nue debout vue de face
Galerie de la Présidence
Aristide Maillol, La Montagne


Aristide Maillol
La Montagne
created 1935-1937

Edelman Arts
Aristide Maillol, Petite baigneuse à la draperie


Aristide Maillol
Petite baigneuse à la draperie

Galerie Koch
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Aristide Maillol, (Untitled)


Aristide Maillol
color monotype


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Aristide Maillol, Nu de dos


Aristide Maillol
Nu de dos, 1942
pencil on paper


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Aristide Maillol, Femme assise


Aristide Maillol
Femme assise, 1777
sanguine and chalk on paper


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1861   Born in Banyuls-sur-Mer, Rousillon, France
1885   Studied at l'École des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France
1893   Opened tapestry workshop in Banyuls-sur-Mer, Rousillon, France
1944   Died in Banyuls-sur-Mer, Rousillon, France
1964   Spends a year in Italy and turned his attention to sculpture
1902   Galerie Vollard, Paris, France
  Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
  Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY
  Louvre Museum Graphic Art Database, Paris, France
  Musée Maillol, Paris, France
  Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France
1995    Lorquin, Bertrand. "Maillol," London ; New York, N.Y. : Skira in association with Thames and Hudson, 1995, c1994.
1982    Slatkin, Wendy. "Aristide Maillol in the 1890s (Studies in the Fine Arts. the Avant-Garde)" Ann Arbor, Mich. : UMI Research Press, c1982
1965    Waldemar, George. "Aristide Maillol," Editions Ides et Calendes, c1965