Three Nudes


Aristide Maillol ( French, 1861 - 1944 )

c. 1936–1938
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General Description

This composition of three nude women, the central one facing backwards with her arms around her companions, is derived from the classical theme of the Three Graces, mythological personifications of charm, joy, and beauty. Aristide Maillol simplified his depictions of the women, softening the contours of their bodies and restricting their movement to emphasize their forms. He believed it was not enough "to have a model and to copy it. No doubt nature is the foundation of an artist's labours. . . . But art does not lie in the copying of nature."

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Heather MacDonald, DMA Label copy, 2008.

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