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)
Credit line
Gift of Emily Wells Brown in memory of H. Lutcher Brown and F. Lutcher Brown
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Further information
Why does this sculpture have no arms or head? One reason is that Aristide Maillol admired ancient Greek sculptures, which due to the fragility of marble, sometimes have missing limbs or heads and yet retain their beauty, like the Venus de Milo. Another reason is purely artistic. A visitor to Maillol’s studio once noted:

“When an arm does not correspond to [Maillol’s] conception, when a leg isn’t turned the way he wants, he amputates it without hesitation.”
Collecting: A Texas Phenomenon; 1986; p. 71; no. 1 (Sculpture)
Modern Art at the McNay: A Brief History and Pictorial Survey of the Collection; William J. Chiego; 2001; p. 112
Signature & date
Signed with monogram on base
Inscribed on base: 2/6
Inscribed on base: Alexis Rudier / Fondeur. Paris.
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Docent information sheet
V:\Object Documentation\Sculpture\1975.17 Maillol\Collecting Texas Phenomenon 1986.pdf


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