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La Nuit (Night)

© Estate of Aristide Maillol / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

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© Estate of Aristide Maillol / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

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© Estate of Aristide Maillol / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

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© Estate of Aristide Maillol / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

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© Estate of Aristide Maillol / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

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© Estate of Aristide Maillol / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

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© Estate of Aristide Maillol / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

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Aristide Maillol

French, 1861-1944

La Nuit (Night), 1902-1909 (cast executed 1939)

lead

Edition: 1/6

overall: 41 1/2 x 24 x 43 1/2 inches (105.41 x 60.96 x 110.49 cm)

Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

James G. Forsyth Fund, 1939

1939:10.1

More Details

Inscriptions

signature, undated / top of base, under right thigh / M
stamp; foundry mark / back of base / Alexis Rudier / Fondeur, Paris

Provenance

sold by G. Jacquart, Paris to Albright Art Gallery, Buffalo, August 28, 1939

Class

Sculpture

Work Type

Cast (sculpture)

This information may change due to ongoing research. Glossary of Terms

Night is the result of Aristide Maillol’s interpretation of the somber and heavy eighteenth-century sculptures he encountered in the gardens of Versailles outside of Paris. It is composed of a series of lines that both represent a figure and evoke the shape of a cube. The model for this work was the artist’s wife. Her pose is simultaneously brooding and powerful. In 1909, upon viewing an earlier cast of Night in an exhibition, sculptor Auguste Rodin remarked, “One forgets too easily that the human body is an architecture, a living architecture.”

Label from Picasso: The Artist and His Models, November 5, 2016–February 19, 2017

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