Aristide Maillol, artiste banyulenc
"Dans les pas d'Aristide" ("In the footsteps of Aristide") circuit
Discover Aristide Maillol and his art through a circuit in the charming streets of the "Cap d'Osna" where he was born.
Born in Banyuls in 1861, Aristide Maillol moves to Paris at the age of 20 to study at the "Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts" in Paris, under the direction of sculptor Antoine Bourdelle.
Under the influence of contemporaries like Pierre Puvis de Chavannes and Paul Gauguin, he created his early works - tapestries - in Banyuls.
Only when in his 40's, sculpting female bodies with generous curves, his talent will be rewarded by great success. His sculptures are also considered as harbingers for works from Henry Moore and Alberto Giacometti.
Dead in 1944, he rests in the garden of his house "La Métairie" (a typical country house) in Banyuls where he has lived since 1910 in the quiet of the Roume Valley.
This house is now a museum open to the public. It contains the tomb, decorated with the statue "La Méditerranée", but also ceramics, bronzes, paintings ... Within these walls, you'll also discover his workshop and learn more about his daily life, a real journey through his life and work.
"Musée Maillol" (Maillol Museum)
Vallée Roume - 66650 Banyuls sur Mer
Tel : +33 (0)126.96.36.199.11
From October 1st to April 30th: 10 am - 12 am / 2 pm - 5 pm (Closed on Mondays and bank holidays)
May 2nd to September 30th: 10 am - 12 am / 3 am - 6 am (Closed on Mondays and bank holidays)
Except temporary exhibitions: € 5 / Reduced price: € 4 (children, students, group)During temporary exhibitions: € 7 / Reduced price: € 5 (children, students, group)
Discover Maillol's works
Many of his works are also exposed in the city. For example his "Pacifist monument to the dead", behind the town hall, or the "Young girl lying down", along the alleys which bear his name.