Musée Maillol, Damien Hirst, death in Paris
The show was called Vanités, and it featured a variety of artists on the theme of death. Lots of skulls and skeletons. The theme “Memento Mori” (Remember that you will die), served the show well.
Well, we saw the skull (not the diamond encrusted one – this one was black – the scorched skull?), saw the rest of the show, but you know, it just didn’t feel like Paris. And given that this was a themed show, it seemed like a lot of kitchy art was gathered to round out the show.
The more interesting part really was that Aristide Maillol himself was a well-known painter, sculptor and tapestry artist. Upstairs were rooms of his paintings, mostly of the female form, and mostly nudes. We only spent a few minutes there but I wish I had known more about him before going. Later, we saw a number of his sculptures in the gardens at the Louvre.
Here is a very interesting blog post with lots of photography on Maillol. It’s mostly about Dina Vierny, Maillol’s muse and finally the creator of his foundation. It’s written by Michael McNay, on Magda Vacariu’s blog.
And with that, it was back out into the sunshine, thank you! The museum was just around the corner from the Saint-Sulpice church, so we decided to go there. This is a perfect walking neighbourhood (aren’t they all) with one interesting shop after another.
Parisian window display artists seem to be more creative than those in other cities, so walking down a street like this can take time.