Aristide Maillol (1861-1944)
Aristide Maillol (1861-1944)

Premiére étude pour "L'Air"

Details
Aristide Maillol (1861-1944)
Premiére étude pour "L'Air"
terracotta
6 x 6 x 1¾ in. (15.2 x 15.2 x 4.3 cm.)
Conceived circa 1900; this version cast circa 1937-38 by the artist
Provenance
Mr. and Mrs. John Hay Whitney; sale, Sotheby's, New York, 10 May 1999, lot 17.
Literature
J. Rewald, Maillol, London, 1939, p. 86 (another cast illustrated).
Exhibited
New York, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Aristide Maillol: 1861-1944, 1975-1976, no. 31.

Lot Essay

Dina Vierny served as the model for this terracotta, which is a study for the monumental sculpture Air (1938), commissioned by the city of Toulouse. The work is in memory of the pilots of France's first airmail service, L'Aéropostale.

Dina Vierny has confirmed the authenticity of this sculpture.
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