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Torse de Dina

Object Details

Title:

Torse de Dina

Artist/Maker:

Aristide Maillol (French, 1861 - 1944)

Culture:

French

Date:

1943

Medium:

Bronze

Object Number:

2005.113.2

Dimensions:

123.2 × 41.9 × 34.9 cm, 66.2252 kg (48 1/2 × 16 1/2 × 13 3/4 in., 146 lb.)

Credit Line:

Gift of Fran and Ray Stark

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Object Description

Without arms or complete legs, this nude evokes a rediscovered antique sculpture. But the perfectly smooth bronze surface reveals that this is in fact a more modern creation. Her head tilted downward, the figure holds a pensive gaze. The closely observed hairstyle and relatively detailed facial features indicate the artist's desire to capture a particular individual. The viewer is also encouraged to consider the body's elegant lines and robust volumes.

Dina Vierny was Aristide Maillol's longtime model, confidant, and collaborator. She began sitting for the sculptor around 1934 and did so until the artist's death in 1944. Most of his sculpture and drawings executed during this period take Vierny as their subject. This sculpture is believed to be one of very few works Maillol executed from life. He rarely sculpted from a live model, instead carving his plasters from sketches based on long sessions with his subject.

Provenance
Provenance
- 1971

Gimpel Fils (London, England), sold to Fran and Ray Stark, December 20, 1971.

1971 - 1992

Fran Stark and Ray Stark, upon the death of Fran Stark, retained by her husband, Ray Stark, 1992.

1992 - 2004

Ray Stark, upon his death, distributed to the Ray Stark Revocable Trust.

2004 - 2005

The Ray Stark Revocable Trust, donated to the J. Paul Getty Museum.

Bibliography
Bibliography

Boström, Antonia, ed. The Fran and Ray Stark Collection of 20th-Century Sculpture at the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2008), pp. 110-13, no. 16, entry by Christopher Bedford.