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
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Acquired in 1960, property of Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
On display, 1st upper level, Modern Art, room 8


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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.

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