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Even at very young age Robert Couturier would sketch incessantly and his sculptures bear the mark of this early obsession. His nudes suggest rather than represent and as his sculptures attest, he preferred lines over actual shapes. Showing only the essential, his sculptures seem devoid of volume while preserving the contour, the external structure. Originally Couturier had trained as a lithographer, but he switched to sculpture when he became first Aristide Maillol’s student and then his lifelong friend. Although Couturier was initially influenced by Maillol, he soon found his own voice with sculpture that remained figurative, but no longer observed sculptural conventions.


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