Woman with crab, Aristide Maillol
Aristide Maillol
Woman with crab
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Aristide Maillol

Woman with crab, 1900 – 1909 (before 1913)


Dimensions
height: 16.3 cm
Physical Description
Bronze
Inventory Number
St.P389
Acquisition
Acquired in 1975, Property of Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
Status
Not exhibited

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About the Work

Oblivious to her surroundings, the naked woman squats on the ground. She is completely absorbed in observing a little crab running across the sand in front of her. Her crouching posture emphasises her exposed breasts but denies a glimpse of her pubic area, so that the nude portrait becomes an intimate one in a natural way. It expresses a search for simplicity and unspoilt naturalness. This genre figure was very popular in the 1920s and 1930s in particular and is one of the most frequently cast small sculptures by Maillol. Even in this small format the sculptor's preference for tranquil, harmonious and well-proportioned figures is evident.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Woman with crab
Sculptor (male)
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Bronze
Material

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum, Foto: U. Edelmann
Acquisition
Acquired in 1975, Property of Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif
Associated Persons and Institutions

Iconclass

Primary
  • 31AA(+54) the (nude) human figure; 'Corpo humano' (Ripa) - AA - female human figure (+ kneeling)
  • 25F716(CRAB) crustaceans: crab

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16.09.2019