Thursday, October 25, 2018

Torso of Ile-de-France

From The Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide, 1983 page 260.

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28 ARISTIDE MAILLOL, French, 1861-1944
Torso of Ile-de-France
Bronze; h. 42 3/8 in. (107.5 cm)

Maillol was primarily interested in representing the formal structure of the human figure, but he never ventured into the avant-garde world of abstraction. While influenced by Greek sculpture of the early fifth century B.c., Maillol's female nudes are often recognizable as modern French women. Three versions of this torso were made between 1910 and 1921; this one is believed to be the second. Edith Perry Chapman Fund, 1951; Acquired from The Museum of Modern Art, Gift of A. Conger Goodyear, 53.140.9

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