On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Petrie Court Café
The torso is a study for the heroic figure of Chained Action, designed as a monument to Louis-Auguste Blangui (1805–1881), a republican and revolutionary who suffered repeated persecution and imprisonment for his political views under successive French regimes. Maillol received the commission for the monument in 1905 and completed the torso in the same year. The first cast of the full figure now stands in the town of Puget-Théniers, where it was erected in 1908.
Signature: On the base: M within a circle (Maillol's monogram)
Marking: On the base: Alexis Rudier/Fondeur/Paris; 2/4
[ Weyhe Gallery , New York, until 1929; sold to MMA ]