La Nymphe

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Artist: Aristide Maillol, French, 1861-1944

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53 1/4 x 16 3/4 x 13 3/4in (135.3 x 42.5 x 34.9cm)
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Gift of Emily Wells Brown in memory of H. Lutcher Brown and F. Lutcher Brown
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The Nymph is a single figure study for the central figure of the group, The Three Nymphs, completed in 1937. The robust nude stands solidly on her left leg, with the right foot slightly behind and raised as if walking, an arrangement which gives a gentle movement to the stance. The full torso turns slightly on its axis, further suggesting motion. The large, swelling forms of the figure flow smoothly onto one another on clear, untroubled surfaces. Aristide Maillol, briefly a student of Jean-Léon Gérôme at the Paris École des Beaux-Arts, Paris, in 1887, became known for sculptures like The Nymph that express the living model from which they are formed, not a coldly abstract ideal.
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