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Lot 37 Dα

Aristide Maillol - Pomone à la Tunique

Auction 1211 - overview Cologne
02.12.2022, 18:00 - Evening Sale - Modern and Contemporary Art
Estimate: 100.000 € - 120.000 €

Aristide Maillol

Pomone à la Tunique

Bronze. Height 89.5 cm. Signature 'A. MAILLOL' and numbered on right side of plinth, foundry notation ".Alexis Rudier. .Fondeur Paris." on back side of plinth. Number 1/6. Cast 1950s. - Greenish, partially golden-brown patina.

This statue of “Pomona”, the Roman goddess of orchard fruit and the bountiful harvest, was one of the first standing figures by the French sculptor Aristide Maillol. Created around 1908/09, the initially nude “Pomona” is made a direct embodiment of fertility and ripeness through her softly modelled, ample forms and the apples she offers. Inspired by Greek statues Maillol had seen during his 1908 journey to Athens, Delphi and Olympia with his patron Harry Graf Kessler, he envisioned his “Pomona” in a classical contrapposto, with one leg bent at the knee and the other extended upright. A crown of flowers on her head completes her majestic appearance.
The creation of “Pomona” is closely connected with Maillol’s first prestigious commission: the decoration of the famous Russian collector Ivan Abramovich Morozov’s neo-classical music salon. Morozov had the painter Maurice Denis, a friend of Maillol’s, create a cycle of paintings featuring the story of Psyche. To complement them, he asked the up-and-coming sculptor for the four statues: “Pomona” and “Flora” as well as “Spring” and “Summer”. As an old photograph of the music salon demonstrates, the statues were complete around 1912. However, Maillol also exhibited the “Pomona” as an individual figure, for example, at Paris’s 1910 Salon d’Automne, where it received an enthusiastic reception and launched his career as one of France’s leading sculptors.
In the early 1920s Maillol – in keeping with his normal working practice – also returned to the model of “Pomona” to create variations on it. He interpreted it either with lowered arms or dressed in the gentle folds of a tunic, as in the case of the present version. Whatever her attributes, with his “Pomona”, Maillol has created a statue of timeless beauty that is exceptionally balanced and harmonious with regard to its proportions.


We would like to thank Olivier Lorquin, Paris, for additional information.


Christie's New York, 8 November 2000, Lot 46; Private ownership; Christie's New York, Impressionist And Modern Art Day Sale, 7 Nov. 2007, Lot 335; Kunsthaus Bühler, Stuttgart, acquired there in 2011; Private collection, Baden-Württemberg; thenceforth property of a family


Cf. Baden-Baden 1978 (Staatliche Kunsthalle), Maillol, cat. no. 62 with ill. n. pag.