Thursday, 12 December 2013
Venus With a Necklace - Aristide Maillol
Maillol's particular brand of classicism, with its ever-so-slight modernist sheen, reducing to essential forms that bit more than old school classicism was already doing, was hugely influential. Most Western European cities have a public statue somewhere that looks something like a Maillol. He gave a tiny flavour of the new for those who would otherwise be threatened by it, on a great big dollop of the old. But what to make of him now? Now that the modern has been pretty much absorbed, do we really need him for anything? I suppose we could enjoy him purely for his calmness. He's pretty much the anti-Rodin. But then we've got Brancusi. Think the boat may have sailed on this one.