Reclining nude

French
20th century
about 1912
Aristide Joseph Bonaventure Maillol (French, 1861–1944)


Object Place: Europe, France

Dimensions

31.75 cm (12 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

53.944

Medium or Technique

Metal; bronze

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Sculpture

Reclining figure, right elbow and left foot on projection of base; left arm sharply bent to shoulder. First study for the Cezanne Monument.


These three bronze statuettes illustrate in miniature Aristide Maillol’s artistic ambitions and concerns. Over the course of a long career, Maillol concentrated almost exclusively on the theme of the female nude-kneeling, reclining, or standing. Maillol sought the general rather than the particular, the smooth over the rough, and the simple over the complex, striving for a timeless, ideal vision of the female form as an expression of pure beauty.

Inscription

Alexis Rudier Fondeur. Paris at end of base. A MAILLOL on base.

Provenance

By 1953, Curt Valentin Gallery, New York; 1953, acquired from Valentin by the MFA by exchange. (Accession date: May 14, 1953)

Credit Line

Gift of Fiske Warren and Edward Perry Warren, by exchange

Copyright

© 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.