From April 12 to August 21, 2022, the exhibition “Aristide Maillol (1861-1944) will be held. The Quest for Harmony”, the first major retrospective devoted to the artist since the centenary of his birth.
A major retrospective
Since the Tribute to Maillol organized in 1961 at the National Museum of Modern Art for the centenary of his birth, Aristide Maillol has not benefited from a real monograph in a Parisian museum. The Musée d’Orsay is finally devoting a major retrospective to him. Thanks to the timeless aspect of his work, Maillol fully took his place at the beginning of the 20th century, during the birth of modernity. Maillol came late to sculpture. Initially a painter, he turned to tapestry and the decorative arts. Little known, this first part of his career, during which he watched Gauguin and Puvis de Chavannes and forged close ties with the Nabis, shows an artist eager to rediscover the principles of mural decoration.
One of the most important museums of the world
He only discovered sculpture around 1895, first on wood and of small dimensions : Octave Mirbeau and Ambroise Vollard, among others, recognized its qualities. Exchanges of works with Maurice Denis, Édouard Vuillard and Rodin testify to the network that then developed around him and continued throughout his career. Housed in the stunning Beaux-Arts style Gare d’Orsay railway station, The Musée d’Orsay is home to significant and stunning works by painters including Gauguin, Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, and Van Gogh. It’s widely considered to be one of the most culturally important museums in the world. Its entire collection is from the period 1848-1914, including many of the most significant Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings ever created. Chronologically, the works come after those of the neighboring Louvre, and before the collection of the nearby Pompidou Centre.
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