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Georges Clairin - Portrait of Sarah Bernhardt
Armand Point - Peacock Casket
Camille Alaphilippe - Woman with Monkey
Aristide  Maillol - Seated female nude with her left hand on her head. Study for The Mediterranean
Louis-Robert Carrier-Belleuse - The Struggle for Life vase
Léon  Lhermitte - Les Halles
Fernand Pelez - The Death of Emperor Commodus
Pierre-Auguste Renoir - Ambroise Vollard in a Red Scarf
Jean Carriès - My Portrait
Emile Gallé - Two-handled vase
Georges-Henri Lemaire - Silence or Immortality
Charles-Alexandre Giron - Woman wearing gloves, also known as The Parisienne
Paul Sérusier - Tricoteuse au bas rose
Pierre-Auguste  Renoir - Portrait of Madame de Bonnières
Berthe Morisot - Jeune fille en décolleté - La fleur aux cheveux
Pierre Bonnard - Conversation à Arcachon
Pierre-Adrien Dalpayrat - Dish : The judgment of Paris
Joseph-Marius Avy  - Bal blanc
Marie Constantine Bashkirtseff - Parisienne, Portrait of Irma
Maurice Denis - Female bathers at Perros-Guirec
Fernand Pelez - La Vachalcade
Alfred Sisley - The Church at Moret (Evening)
Théophile Alexandre Steinlen - Ball on the 14th of July
Edmond  Aman-Jean - Miss Ella Carmichaël
Raoul Larche - Buste d'enfant (portrait présumé de Marcel Lerolle)
Sarah Bernhardt - Dagger : algues
 Baccarat Factory - Vase à décor de cactus
Emile Gallé - Commode, Le Sang d'Arménie
 Bracquemond (Félix), Rousseau (Eugène), Creil and Montereau factory - Round dish. Rousseau dinner service
Félix  Vallotton - Femme au bouquet
Emmanuel Frémiet - Le pélican gastronome
George Desvallières - Portrait de Mademoiselle Yvonne Robiquet
Léonard Agathon - Deux esquisses pour le Jeu de l'Echarpe

Seated female nude with her left hand on her head. Study for The Mediterranean

Banyuls-sur-Mer, 1861 - Perpignan, 1944
Between 1900 and 1902
17 x 20 x 9 cm

Maillol, a painter by training, was a self-taught sculptor who came to sculpture via woodcarving. He made many clay models throughout his career. Like his sculptures, they were preliminary stages of his major works.

This particular work is very similar to the artist’s first large figure, The Mediterranean, which found favour at the Autumn Salon of 1905. These little figurines constitute a repertoire of shapes to which he returned endlessly.

The simplicity of these terracotta statuettes is quite remarkable in the context of the early 20th century. Maillol treats the female body like a relationship of masses in an abstract spatial construction. His statuettes appeal to enthusiasts (including the donor in this instance, Jacques Zoubaloff) and decorative arts dealers, principally Ambroise Vollard, who produced bronze versions of some of them.

Donor, testator or seller: 
Donated by Jacques Zoubaloff, 1918
Inventory number: 
Inventory number : PPS01130
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