Malvina was awarded the largest bronze commission in the history of art and paid more than any other artist, man or woman 1930 ($1.4 Million in today's dollars). To produce the Hall of Man, Malvina traveled the world, living amongst native cultures in order to create sculptures that were truly representative of the rare people groups she studied. Her work, now displayed in the Field Museum in Chicago, is of historic significance to the anthropological community, as well as to the cultures she recorded before their demise. However, it has been shrouded in controversy for much of the 20th Century.
A VALUED PROTEGE OF A RENOWNED MASTER
A master sculptor in her own right, Malvina was a valued protege of Rodin. Studying with him from a young age, she was heavily influenced by the French artist, who challenged her to excel. The exact nature of their personal relationship remains a mystery, though Rodin's personal touch followed Malvina throughout her life.
Malvina worked for a variety of patrons. Her output is truly astonishing, as is the breadth of talent displayed in the various works of art she produced. From sketches to bas relief sculptures to her renditions of celebrated ballerina Anna Pavlova, her work took many fascinating forms.
Throughout her life, Malvina befriended and was patronized by some of history's most interesting players. From her obsessive friendship with ballerina Anna Pavlova to her studies with Rodin to her life shared with a host of famous authors, actors and financiers of the early 20th Century, her intimate associations provide a way for us to better understand a fascinating time in history.
WOMAN. ARTIST. LEGEND.
Her historic significance
Malvina is a model for the contemporary woman -- a force to be reckoned with, a power in her own right, a legend beyond her time. In studying her life, we discover not only a truly remarkable talent, but a idyll of her time that persisted through the Gilded Age, survived the First World War and documented the passing of many cultures now lost to history.