Aristide Maillol (Fr, 1861-1944)
A very large original sanguine drawing by Aristide Maillol with a past Drouot Paris auction stamp on LL and Aristide Maillol’s stamped monogram “M” LR. The female figure posing nude standing frontal with arms behind back. This drawing on paper is over twice the size of 90% of Maillol’s drawings and the two previous Maillol drawings I have sold in the past.
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Condition is very good with handling wear and creases throughout. Sheet is loose not adhered to backing. Museum non reflective flexi glass and solid wood frame.
Paper: 18.2 Inches X 13.15 inches
Framed: 24.5 Inches X 20.5 inches
Provenance: From a distinguished lady in Madrid Spain. With Gallery label on verso from Frank Perls Gallery; Beverly Hills, California. Perls was born on October 23, 1910, in Berlin, where his father, Hugo Perls, ran an art gallery. He attended the University of Freiburg, majoring in art history, and joined his mother in 1932 at the Kaethe Perls Gallery in Paris. He emigrated to the United States in 1937 and together with his brother Klaus established the Perls Galleries in Manhattan. He opened his own gallery in Hollywood in 1939 and later relocated his place of business to Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills, California. Also on artwork is a Stamp dated “20, Dec. 1988 / DENIS SARGET / C. COMMISSAIRE PRISEUR / 8 Rue Drouot / 75009 PARIS” This stamp is from the Drouot Auction house in Paris naming the Licenced Auctioneer “Denis Sarget” Also on verso of solit wood frame is a sticker from The ART INSTITUTE CHICAGO
Aristide Joseph Bonaventure Maillol (French; December 8, 1861 – September 27, 1944) was a French sculptor, painter, and printmaker.
Aristide Maillol Born December 8, 1861 Banyuls-sur-Mer, Roussillon Died September 27, 1944 (aged 82) Banyuls-sur-Mer, Roussillon Nationality French Education École des Beaux-Arts Known for Sculpture, painting. Aristide Maillol, Bas Relief, terracotta. Exhibited at the 1913 Armory Show, New York, Chicago, Boston. Catalogue image (no. 110) Maillol was born in Banyuls-sur-Mer, Roussillon. He decided at an early age to become a painter, and moved to Paris in 1881 to study art. After several applications and several years of living in poverty, his enrollment in the École des Beaux-Arts was accepted in 1885, and he studied there under Jean-Léon Gérôme and Alexandre Cabanel.
His early paintings show the influence of his contemporaries Pierre Puvis de Chavannes and Paul Gauguin. Gauguin encouraged his growing interest in decorative art, an interest that led Maillol to take up tapestry design. In 1893 Maillol opened a tapestry workshop in Banyuls, producing works whose high technical and aesthetic quality gained him recognition for renewing this art form in France. He began making small terracotta sculptures in 1895, and within a few years his concentration on sculpture led to the abandonment of his work in tapestry.
Maillol married Clotilde Narcis, one of his employees at his tapestry workshop. Their only son, Lucian, was born that October. Maillol’s first major sculpture, A Seated Woman, was modeled after his wife. The first version (in the Museum of Modern Art, New York) was completed in 1902, and renamed La Méditerranée. Maillol, believing that “art does not lie in the copying of nature”, produced a second, less naturalistic version in 1905. In 1902, the art dealer Ambroise Vollard provided Maillol with his first exhibition. The subject of nearly all of Maillol’s mature work is the female body, treated with a classical emphasis on stable forms. The figurative style of his large bronzes is perceived as an important precursor to the greater simplifications of Henry Moore, and his serene classicism set a standard for European (and American) figure sculpture until the end of World War II Josep Pla said of Maillol, “These archaic ideas, Greek, were the great novelty Maillol brought into the tendency of modern sculpture. What you need to love from the ancients is not the antiquity, it is the sense of permanent, renewed novelty, that is due to the nature and reason.