Aug 9, 2011

Portrait of a Young Woman (Profil de jeune fille)

Portrait of a Young Woman (Profil de jeune fille)

c. 1893

Aristide Maillol

(French, 1861–1944)

Lithograph on yellow paper

Support: Yellow paper

Sheet: 36 x 27.9 cm (14 3/16 x 11 in.); Image: 31.1 x 24.2 cm (12 1/4 x 9 1/2 in.)

Gift of the Print Club of Cleveland in memory of John Bonebrake 2011.173

Catalogue raisonné: Guérin 257



This work depicting a young woman in profile is one of only a few impressions that Aristide Maillol printed on yellow paper. The sheet’s bright tone became a compositional element, allowing it to complement and contrast with the stark black lines the artist drew with lithographic crayon. Maillol was deeply influenced by an exhibition of prints on the same color of paper by Paul Gauguin at the 1889 Universal Exposition, and he made this work shortly after. The image’s border, heavy outlines, and linear style resemble tapestry, a medium Maillol had also begun to work with at this time.

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