0297 Aristide Maillol aux États-Unis

De l’Albright Art Gallery à la National Gallery of Art, le chemin de la reconnaissance

  • Antoinette Le Normand-Romain (Author)

    Antoinette Le Normand-Romain, Honorary General Curator (Musée d’Orsay, Musée Rodin), was Director of the Institut national d’histoire de l’art in Paris from 2006 to 2016. In 2016–2017, she was invited by the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts in Washington, DC, to serve as Edmond J. Safra Professor. A specialist in 19th- and early 20th-century French sculpture, especially Auguste Rodin (Rodin, Paris 2013), she has curated numerous exhibitions, among them: "Rodin. L’exposition du centenaire" (Paris, Grand Palais, 2017), "Rodin in the United States: Confronting the Modern" (Williamstown, Clark Art Institute; Atlanta, High Museum of Art, 2022–2023), and "Maillol. La quête de l’harmonie" (Paris, Musée d’Orsay; Zurich, Kunsthaus; Roubaix, La Piscine, 2022–2023). She recently contributed to Laure de Margerie’s book La Sculpture française, une passion américaine (Paris 2023).

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Aristide Maillol is the 20th-century French sculptor best represented in American collections. In 1925–1926, his works were shown in museums in eleven cities as part of an exhibition organized by A. Conger Goodyear: Albright Art Gallery, Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art… This article traces the artist’s reception on the other side of the Atlantic and, based on a study of correspondence, highlights the role of major museum figures such as Alfred Barr, Andrew Carnduff Ritchie, and John Rewald, particularly through exhibitions, but also of dealers, especially Joseph Brummer, who helped to develop the sculptor’s American presence. These sources reveal the sometimes difficult negotiations. They also attest to the active role played by Dina Vierny, his last model and then his successor, after Maillol’s death. With the support of dealers, including Paul Rosenberg, Klaus Perls, and Otto Gerson, she significantly expanded his presence in American collections.


Aristide Maillol, critical reception, exhibition, art market, museum acquisitions, A. Conger Goodyear, Alfred Barr, Andrew Carnduff Ritchie, John Rewald, Dina Vierny, Joseph Brummer, Paul Rosenberg