In Search of Harmony. The Return of Maillol to the Musée d’Orsay

In Search of Harmony. The Return of Maillol to the Musée d’Orsay
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Classic, modern or timeless? Beyond any definition, Aristide Maillol incarnates the soul of French sculpture of the 1900s along with Rodin. Yet, after the solemn hundred-year anniversary of his birth, celebrated in 1961, no Paris museum has dedicated a large exhibition to him. Filling the void this Spring is the Musée d’Orsay with a retrospective that explores the lesser-known aspects of the artist’s work. Not everybody knows, for instance, that before becoming a sculptor, Maillol was dedicated to painting and creating tapestries. He worked with Cabanel and then with Gauguin, who opened new horizons for him and helped him get started, creating profound ties with the Nabis, augmenting his passion for decorative work. His move to sculpture was immediately appreciated - from tiny figures in wood to monumental marble pieces, Maillol sought out the essential in simplicity of form. Here, we see the two versions of this celebrated Mediterraneo, the expression of a desire of synthesis in net contrast to the expressionism of Rodin. Drawings and large sculptures alternate in an itinerary marked by highly symbolic female nudes, leading up to the imposing Monument to Cézanne, the fulcrum of a section which invites us to dive into the creative process of the master and his relentless pursuit of perfection.

Francesca Grego - © 2022 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Paris