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Exhibition of Sculpture and Drawings by Aristide Maillol, 1925–1926

Sunday, November 15, 1925Monday, December 14, 1925

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.