Aristide Maillol first worked as a painter and tapestry designer, only turning to sculpture in the 1890s. His sculptural style, defined by a sense of stability and equilibrium, subtly blended modernist and classical aesthetics. Although Maillol derived much of his inspiration from the culture and history of the Mediterranean, Ile-de-France takes its name from the geographical region encircling Paris. Because the nude is a bather holding a towel behind her back, Maillol may have intended a reference to the Seine River, which flows through this region.
65 x 17 x 23 in. (165.1 x 43.2 x 58.4 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Given in memory of Henry Radford Hope (1905–1989) by his wife, children, and grandchildren, 89.14