“Air”, Aristide Maillol, Getty Center (described as floating female figure by the Getty Center onsite)

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“Air”, Aristide Maillol, Getty Center (described as the floating female figure by the Getty Center, onsite)
(apologies for the impromptu i-Phone “photoshoot”, hwag ka magaliti-Phone shot by Myra Lambino, July 7, 2017

“Air” by Aristide Maillol at the Getty Center
Title: L’ Air
Artist/Maker: Aristide Maillol (French, 1861 – 1944)
Culture: French
Date:design 1938; cast 1962
127 × 238.8 × 93.3 cm, 687.1995 kg (50 × 94 × 36 3/4 in., 1515 lb.)
Credit Line: Gift of Fran and Ray Stark
“This monumental nude seems to float in space. Although cast in lead, the smooth, grayish-blue surface actually enhances the form’s light, buoyant appearance. Perched delicately on her right hip, the figure’s extended legs and left arm create a strong horizontal, echoed in the plinth beneath her. Resting on an imaginary center of gravity, she teeters between immobility and movement, suspension and flight. The nude’s face and figure are idealized–rather than a portrait of an individual, it is a personification of air.

“In 1938, the city of Toulouse in southern France commissioned Aristide Maillol to commemorate the pilots of the pioneering airmail service, l’Aéropostale, who had been killed in the line of duty.Air was cast from the plaster model for this monument. Its form was initially inspired by a small terra cotta sculpture Maillol had made several decades earlier depicting a reclining figure resting on wind-blown drapery. The artist often used the female form to symbolize aspects of nature like the sea, the seasons, and even a subject as elusive as air.” (from getty.edu)

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