Aristide Maillol – a friend of Bourdelles, Matisse and Picasso – was a genuine creator of forms and is known for his sculptures of pure rounded figures.
But he was also a painter who produced strong, often sensual works like those representing his young model Dina Vierny.
In 1910, as he was finding it difficult to get quality rag paper for his artwork, he asked his nephew Gaspard to make him some nice sheets of paper.
Gaspard set to work in Montval, near Marly-le-Roy, but the war interrupted his efforts. On his return, he settled on the bank of the Deûme to produce the famous Montval® paper with its bather imprint.
Excerpt from Marie-Hélène Reynaud's book "d’art et de papier"