'Vessel Explored/ Vessel Transformed: Tomimoto Kenkichi and His Enduring Legacy' will explore Tomimoto's inspirations including Aristide Maillol's fleshy bronze women and William Morris's fern repeats (Fig.
He had the opportunity to meet and spend time among some of the most influential artists of the twentieth century, like Pablo Picasso, Georges Baque, Aristide Maillol, Jean Effel, Salvador Dali, Pierre Bonnard and Marcel Duchamp to name a few.
In the 1920s, Richier had been a student of Antoine Bourdelle, then the reigning counter-Rodinist, an artist widely admired for a type of "heroic," quasi-geometric realism that paralleled the monumental platitudes of Aristide Maillol. Richier has long exemplified the kind of student who, if not surpassing her master (though today, most would think she had), certainly became his equal.
Whereas earlier studies of the French right wing focus on figures whose relationship to fascism constituted a fatal, rightward march (Drieu la Rochelle, Celine, Brasillach, Rebatet) or, at the very least, a shameful moment of past involvement (de Man, Blanchot) Avant-Garde Fascism discusses figures whose involvement with fascist movements was determined largely through aesthetics, such as Le Corbusier, Germaine Krull, Aristide Maillol, and others.