In 1902, Ambroise Vollard organised the first solo exhibition of Maillol in his small gallery on Rue Laffitte. It was a composite collection of 33 works, whose goal was to surprise and appeal to art lovers. The art seller Ambroise Vollard purchased a few of his sculptures. Despite these sales, the artist's finances remained on a knife-edge. In 1904, Maillol exhibited in the Salon d'Automne for the first time. The art critic and historian Meier-Graefe devoted a chapter to him in his book on modern art.

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