Aristide Maillol (1861–1944) – the ‘Cézanne of sculpture’ – is the most important French sculptor of the early modern era after Auguste Rodin. Innovative yet timeless, Maillol’s sensual art embodies the values of clarity and balance of forms, making him a consummate artist of the classical tradition. Though synoptic in scope, the exhibition focuses in particular on the highly productive period before the First World War, when Maillol found his true vocation and came to the fore as a sculptor.
The show brings together over 150 works that illuminate all the facets of Maillol’s oeuvre. The artist began his career as a painter and created an exceptionally attractive body of work in that technique that is insufficiently known outside France. Also included are tapestries, faience, prints, books and, of course, numerous masterful drawings. A number of works by his contemporaries Auguste Rodin, Paul Gauguin, Maurice Denis and Édouard Vuillard complement the presentation and locate Maillol’s oeuvre within the history of sculpture.
The exhibition will be shown in the Chipperfield building and is organized by the Kunsthaus Zürich and the musées d’Orsay et de l’Orangerie, Paris, and the Piscine, Roubaix, with the exceptional partnership of the Dina Vierny-Musée Maillol Foundation.
Ill: Aristide Maillol, The Mountain, 1937, Musée d’Orsay, deposited at the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lyon, Photo © RMN-Grand Palais (musée d’Orsay) / René-Gabriel Ojeda