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Female figure, Nude

Female figure, Nude

late 19th-20th century

Aristide Joseph Maillol

French, 1861-1944

Maillol, like Matisse, honed a dramatically simplified approach to the figure, whether in two-dimensions or three. In drawings like this, one can appreciate his preference for line to carry the burden of describing a female form, in opposition to more traditional approaches that would include extensive modeling and shading to achieve the likeness of a figure.
Conte crayon
Overall: 20 1/4 x 16 1/2in. (51.4 x 41.9cm)
Image: 12 1/4 x 8 7/8in. (31.1 x 22.5cm)
Gift of Norman Davis
Provenance: Gift of Norman Davis to Seattle Art Museum, December 7, 1956
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistoryVancouver, British Columbia, Vancouver Art Gallery, "The Seattle Art Museum Lends", March 13 - April 11, 1976
Published References"The Seattle Art Museum Lends" exhibition catalogue. Vancouver, BC: Vancouver Art Gallery, 1976

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