Aristide Bonaventure Jean Maillol was born on 8 December 1861 in Banyuls-sur-Mer (East Pyrenees region). He was the fourth of five children to Catherine Rougé and Raphael Maillol, a fabric seller and vineyard owner. From a very young age, he was looked after by his aunt Lucie. His taste for art could be seen from his earliest childhood, and when he was 14, he completed his first painting, a seascape. He subsequently took drawing lessons at the Museum of Perpignan and decided to become a painter.
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