Art: What an Artist!

A curt dispatch came last week out of France: old Aristide Maillol, one of the leaders of modern sculpture, had been killed in an auto accident near his home in Banyuls, on the Mediterranean near the Spanish border.

Bearded, blue-eyed Aristide Maillol (pronounced Ma-yoll) had reached the great age of 82. For a generation and more he had held an artistic eminence taken over from his friend and early supporter, the late, great Auguste Rodin. Maillol's serene, monumentally detached sculpture was the antithesis of Rodin's flowing, literary, romantic work. Greece was Maillol's spiritual home—"Is this not Greek?" he once exclaimed of his...

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