Monday, June 3, 2013

Philatelic Photograph: L'Air - Paris, France

Interesting Places I've Photographed
L'Air (Air) 
Paris, France
Topic: Philatelic Photographs

GPS: N48° 51.765; E002° 19.888

Quick Description: 

The sculpture L'Air is located in the Jardin des Tuileries in Paris, France.

Long Description:

L'Air (Air) is an allegorical lead sculpture by Aristide Maillol. The 50.75" by 92.75" by 38" statue of a reclining nude female figure is located in the Jardin des Tuileries in Paris.  The figure is lying on her right hip with her body and legs raised. She seems to be floating on air (or is actually air itself). Her right arm pointing downward and forward at a 90 degree angle and her left arm outstretched and parallel to her body. The model for the work was 19 year old Dina Vierny.  Mallol created the model for the sculpture in plaster in 1938. Both lead and bronze casts were made after his death in 1944.  Other copies of this sculpture are located at the Kröller-Müller Museum,  J. Paul Getty Museum, Norton Simon Museum, and Kimbell Art Museum.

The  stamp was issued by France on April 20, 1974 as part of a two stamp set in the Europa series featuring European sculptures.

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