The Birth of Venus,, Odilon Redon
Odilon Redon
The Birth of Venus,
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Odilon Redon

The Birth of Venus,, 1900 – 1912

51.5 x 45.5 cm
Inventory Number
Acquired in 1960, property of Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
On display, 1st upper level, Modern Art, room 8


About the Work

Dark, heavy clouds rise up above the distant, light-brown land on the horizon. A reddish-brown female figure under a white cloth climbs out of the foam of the greenish-grey sea. The work previously bore the title 'La Baigneuse' - 'Woman Bathing' - but that probably refers to the Venus who was born out of the foam of the sea and stepped on to land in Cyprus. Redon painted the birth of the Greek goddess of love and beauty on numerous occasions. However, he mostly painted her in the seashell which is said to have carried her on to the land.

Work Data

Basic Information

The Birth of Venus,
Period Produced
Object Type
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert unten links: ODILON REDON

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Eigentum des Städelschen Museums-Vereins e.V.
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquired in 1960, property of Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.

Work Content


  • 92C411 birth of Venus; Venus Anadyomene: after Uranus' castration Venus rises from the sea wringing the water from her hair; usually she is awaited by the Hours
  • 31AA the (nude) human figure; 'Corpo humano' (Ripa) - AA - female human figure
  • 41D9 (showing oneself) undressed, quasi-nude
  • 25H2322 sea

Research and Discussion


Object History
W.G.F. Jongejan, Oosterbeek, 1956 [1]
E. J. van Wisselingh, Amsterdam, 1956 ]2] Galerie Dr. Raeber, Basel, 1957 [3]
erworben durch den Städelschen Museums-Verein, e.V., Frankfurt am Main, 1960.


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