Dina Vierny

Picture of Dina Vierny

Date of Birth: 01/25/1919

Age: 89

Place of Birth: Kishinev

Citizenship: France

muse of sculptor Aristide Maillol

Dean Aybinder was born January 25, 1919 into a Jewish family in Kishinev. In 1925 the family moved to Paris. Dean was 15 years old when the architect Jean-Claude Dondel, her father`s friend, has decided that it can serve as an excellent model for the French sculptor Aristide Maillol and painter, who at that time had already turned 73 years old, and which tormented creative depression. Dean became the muse of Aristide Maillol and his faithful friend for the last ten years of his life. Henri Matisse and Pierre Bonnard, who knew Mayol, explained the inspiration, with whom he worked during these years, namely the presence in his life Dina Verny.

In 1939, Mayol took refuge from the horrors of the approaching World War II at his home in the south of France, at the foot of the Eastern Pyrenees. Dean, who took an active part in the French Resistance, at the same time began working with a group of American journalist Varian Fry, who helped move refugees from occupied France to Spain. Unbeknownst Mayol Dean advocated a guide that was doubly dangerous, because she herself was Jewish. Dinah`s father was among those Jews who died in Auschwitz.

Mystery Dina floated out, and Mayol, born in these places, help her by showing the secret routes of smugglers and mountain trails, which she could use. A few months later Dean was arrested by the French police, however, a skilled lawyer made excuses and Maillol sent her to Nice, pose for Henri Matisse. However, after learning that Matisse conceived the ambitious project, which will take at least six months, he hastily withdrew Dean home. In 1943, she was arrested by the Gestapo. Dina incredibly lucky this time. She held in prison for more than six months and was set free after Mayol asked for help to Arno Breker, Hitler`s favorite sculptor.

In September 1944, Aristide Maillol died in a car accident, bequeathing all his property and collection of Dina Verny. After the war, she opened a gallery in Paris, which became very successful. There were exhibited not only the work of Maillol, and other well-known authors as well as sovetskihdissidentov Ilya Kabakov and Erik Bulatov. Dina Verny collecting vintage carriages, of which she had no less than 90 pieces, including omnimbus Toulouse-Lautrec and crew Chateaubriand. In the early `70s, Ms. Verney founded a museum dedicated to the works of Maillol. In order to buy a flat in the Rue de Grenelle in Paris, she had to sell his collection of 654 dolls. In 1995 it took place the opening of the museum, whose permanent collection includes works by Degas, Kandinsky, Picasso and other artists.

Dina Verny died on January 20, 2009 in Paris at the age of 89 years. She handed it created a museum to his sons. Olivier Lorca - director of the museum, art Bertrand Lorca - curator of exhibitions.