The Musée Maillol is an art museum established in 1995 by Dina Vierny, model for sculptor Aristide Maillol. It is operated by the Fondation Dina Vierny and houses an impressive collection of modern art. It also organises temporary exhibitions dedicated to tracing the most inspiring artistic pursuits from different periods.
The museum presents both the work of Maillol (drawings, engravings, paintings, sculptures, decorative art, original plaster and terracotta work) and Vierny’s collection of the masters of French naive art including a painting by Henri Rousseau; drawings by Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Suzanne Valadon, and Tsuguharu Foujita; drawings and watercolours by Raoul Dufy; paintings by Pierre Bonnard and Serge Poliakoff; lithographic work by Odilon Redon; wood and watercolours by Paul Gauguin; sculptures by Auguste Rodin; and works by Wassily Kandinsky, Marcel Duchamp, Raymond Duchamp-Villon, Robert Couturier, and Jacques Villon, as well as Russian artists including Eric Bulatov, Oscar Rabine, and Vladimir Yankilevsky.
Aristide Maillol (1861–1944) was a French Catalan sculptor, painter, and printmaker. His mature work focuses on the female body, treated with a classical emphasis on stable forms. The figurative style of his large bronzes is an important precursor to the simplifications of Henry Moore and Alberto Giacometti, and his classicism set a standard for figure sculpture until the end of World War II.