Torso of Summer

The early 20th century French master Aristide Maillol is viewed as the most influential sculptor in the generation following Auguste Rodin. However, unlike the expressive forms of the latter, Maillol achieved a new classicism inspired by the pose and attitude of Greco-Roman sculpture and, innovatively, the sensuality of Indian sculpture. Many of his works utilize the female nude in symbolic or allegorical ways.

Torso of Summer is part of a series which celebrates the four seasons. Specifically, the rounded forms of the figure reference the fullness of summer.

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Aristide Maillol. _Torso of Summer_, 1911. Bronze, 56 x 19 x 14.5 inches. Gift of Fred and Lena Meijer. © 2002 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris.