Dina Vierny

Dina Vierny

Birth
Chisinau (Kishinev), Chișinău Municipality, Moldova
Death 21 Jan 2009 (aged 89)
Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France
Burial Banyuls-sul-Mer, Departement des Pyrénées-Orientales, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Memorial ID 33193773 · View Source
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Artist's Model. Later a respected curator, she is remembered as the late-life companion and muse of the French painter and sculptor Aristide Maillol. Raised in Paris after her Jewish family escaped Stalinist Russia, she originally intended to study physics and chemistry but in 1934 was brought to the attention of the 73 year-old Maillol. Though even at 15 Dina had no problem posing naked, in this case 'muse and model' meant just that and was not, as it is sometimes, a euphemism for 'sex partner'; from then until Maillol's death 10 years later she was the subject of sculptures, as well as a few paintings, seen today the world over, including "The Three Nymphs" at London's Tate Gallery, "L'Air" which resides at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, as well as "La Montagne" and "La Riviere", both of which are six-piece editions. During World War II she was active in the French Resistance, attached to the Comite Fry which smuggled refugees into Italy and Spain, often daring to wear a red dress to mark herself as she utilized obscure mountain routes which Maillol had shown her. Dina was arrested by the French and then by the Nazis, and after Maillol obtained her release he sent her to the South of France to pose for his friend Henri Matisse who drew her several times and proposed an "Olympia" to be patterned after an 1865 Edouard Manet work of that name, though the project never came to fruition. Dina was also the subject of work by painters Raoul Dufy and Pierre Bonnard as well as several prominent photographers including Pierre Jamet. In the post-war years she became a noted art collector, patron, and, despite an aristocratic bearing that could be intimidating even to the rich and powerful, successful dealer, opening her own Paris gallery in 1947 then in the 1960s traveling to Russia and thereafter promoting the work of dissident artists. Always a tireless champion of Maillol, in 1965 she persuaded the French government to accept 18 of his statues for permanent display at Paris' Tulieres Gardens, then in 1995 founded the Dina Vierny-Musee Maillol in Paris which exhibits his works as well as pieces by Kandinsky, Degas, Picasso, and others. She lived out her days in the French capital and died of the effects of advanced age.

Bio by: Bob Hufford


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Bob Hufford
  • Added: 24 Jan 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 33193773
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dina Vierny (25 Jan 1919–21 Jan 2009), Find A Grave Memorial no. 33193773, citing Maillol Estate, Banyuls-sul-Mer, Departement des Pyrénées-Orientales, Languedoc-Roussillon, France ; Maintained by Find A Grave .