The female nude is the subject of nearly all of Maillol’s mature work. Although most of his sculptures are characterized by stillness, serenity and emotional restraint, La Rivière departs from those ideals. The artist creates the feeling of instability and movement by placing the figure low to the ground and extending the head and arms beyond the pedestal. The figure, with its legs bent in a pose that suggests running, is the personification of water.
Courtesy of the Gateway Foundation.
Dimensions: 43.3″ x 94.5″ x 57″
Year Completed: 1943
Owner: Gateway Foundation