This major monographic exhibition featured sculptures and drawings by Aristide Maillol. Maillol initially studied painting at Paris's École des Beaux-Arts, but dissatisfied with the school's staid traditionalism and transformed by an encounter with Paul Gauguin's radical post-Impressionism, he joined the Nabis, a group of young artists who were committed to a subjective form of art deeply rooted in the soul. However, Maillol's eyesight began to decline during the 1890s, and he eventually moved to producing sculpture almost exclusively. This exhibition featured a number of the solidly balanced, harmonious female figures that became Maillol's principle subject.
Organized by A. Conger Goodyear with the assistance of Anna Glenny Dunbar, a local Buffalo artist and the museum's honorary curator of sculpture, the exhibition also traveled to the Brummer Gallery; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Art Institute of Chicago; Art Gallery of Ontario; Denver Art Museum; Cleveland Museum of Art; Saint Louis Art Museum; Art Institute of Omaha; and the Memorial Art Gallery.