Dina Vierny and Maillol in 1944. Photo credit:Louis Carré/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
Look at every artist and you will find a muse.
Dina Vierny entered Maillol’s life when she was 15 years old and he was 73 and according to what we are told suffering from artists block. Dina was the spark that started Maillol working again. She and her artist worked for ten years together creating some of his most spectacular pieces.
As the story goes Maillol was told by one of his acquaintances that there was a girl who looked exactly like one of his sculptures. “She is one of yours and could be a Renoir too” the artist was told by his friend.
Vierny describes her artist Maillol as a “very, very pure man” who never asked her to undress, he hadn’t the courage she said. So one day she asked and the rest is history. Most people outside the art world assume that because she posed nude they became lovers. Theirs was a very close relationship, a deep friendship, and life long companionship.