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La Méditerranée

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This personification of the Mediterranean Sea, with her rounded figure and smooth bronze skin is a model of modesty and composure. In this perfectly balanced composition Maillol strove to match the harmony and simplicity of the classical ideal. For him the Mediterranean Sea was the centre of the ancient civilisation.

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Title La Méditerranée
Material and technique Bronze
Object type
Sculpture > Three-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Weight 320
Width 78.5 cm
Height 106 cm
Depth 113 cm
Artists Beeldhouwer: Aristide Maillol
Accession number BEK 1401 a-b (MK)
Credits Schenking / Donation: Stichting Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen 1961
Department Modern Art
Acquisition date 1961
Age artist About 41 years old
External exhibitions The Art Of Deceleration (2011)
Maillol (2012)
Geographical origin France > Western Europe > Europe

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Aristide Maillol

Banyuls-sur-Mer 1861 - Banyuls-sur-Mer 1944

Aristide Maillol, one of the most important early 20th-century sculptors, owes his fame to twenty-three monumental sculptures of women. ‘La Méditerranée...

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