France Travel Planner by Tom Brosnahan & Jane Fisher   Musée Maillol, Paris, France
A small museum featuring both works by Maillol and interesting temporary exhibitions.

Giacometti, at Musee Maillol
Three Men Walking by
Giacometti. Exhibit showed
this along with Maillol's Three
Prairie Nymphs, an
interesting contrast.




Aristide Maillol (1861-1944) is perhaps best known as a sculptor, particularly of female forms. His sculptures such as La Méditeranée or Flore are well-known and easily recognized.

La Méditerranée, Maillol, Paris
La Méditeranée, Musée Maillol, Paris

Before becoming a sculptor, however, Maillol was a serious artist, drawing and painting in a variety of styles and working in terracotta. He also engaged deeply in tapestry, inspired by the Lady and the Unicorn tapestry in the Cluny Museum.

Most of his major sculptures were done between 1929 and 1944. In 1934, he met Dina Vierny, who became his principal model and collaborator for the last ten years of his life.

After Maillol's death, Dina Vierny focused on creating a museum dedicated to his work. She first opened a gallery in 1947, and in 1995 opened the Musée Maillol in its current location. In addition to finished bronzes, visitors can get a glimpse of plaster statues in a workshop setting.

Maillol plasters, Paris
Maillol plasters, with L'Air in front, Musée Maillol, Paris

After Vierny's death in 2009, the Dina Vierny Foundation continued to manage the museum; in 2016 the termporary exhibitions were entrusted to Culturespaces, a private cultural operator that manages a variety of monuments, museums, and exhibitions.

Part of Dina Vierny's vision was that the museum would not only present the works of Aristide Maillol, but it would also host temporary exhibitions. In recent years temporary exhibitions have focused on the work of Alberto Giacometti and on the splendid Impressionist collection of Emil Buhrle.

Visiting the museum thus has two characters: a chance to get to know Maillol in greater depth, through the variety and breadth of his work; and a chance to view interesting temporary exhibitions.

Métro: Rue du Bac, Sèves-Babylone
RER: Line C, Musée d'Orsay
Bus: 63, 68, 69, 83, 84, 94, 95

Open daily, 10:30 - 6:30; Fridays until 8:30 PM, during exhibitions

Musée Maillol
61 rue de Grenelle
75007 Paris

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Monet Poppies, at Maillol Museum

Above, Field of Poppies near Vétheuil, by Claude Monet, part of a temporary exhibition at the Musée Maillol.

Below, Look for this impressive building on rue de Grenelle; the entrance to the Musée Maillol is just to the right.


Maillol museum, Paris



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