Outdoor Sculpture Collection

Aristide Maillol


1910, cast c. 1922
65 x 21 1/4 x 18 3/4 inches

In 1910, Maillol exhibited one of his earlier buxom female nudes titled Pomona, the Roman goddess of fruit and harvest, at the Salon d'Automne and received favorable critical attention in the French press. Ivan Abramovich Morozov, a wealthy Russian collector of French modern art, purchased the work and commissioned three others--Flora, Spring, and Summer--which form the series popularly known as The Seasons to decorate the white hall of his house in Prechistenka St., Moscow. All four of these works are now housed in the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow. Two of the statues symbolized the time of bloom (Flora, Spring), the other two - of ripening fruit (Pomona, Summer). In each pair of statues one was of a goddess, the other - of an earthly woman. Just as the other three statues, this one is the only original cast done in 1910 in the workshop of Florantin Godard.


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