Aristide Maillol Venus with a Necklace c.1918–28, cast 1930

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Artist
Aristide Maillol 1861–1944
Title
Venus with a Necklace
Vénus au collier
Date c.1918–28, cast 1930
Medium Bronze
Dimensions Object: 1753 x 610 x 400 mm, 165 kg
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1931
Reference
N04576
Not on display

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According to the artist, this sculpture was developed from another life-size nude entitled 'Summer', made in 1910. The model for this 'Venus', however, was a Spanish maid who came to work for Maillol at the end of the First World War. Maillol later recalled that he worked on the piece over a period of several years. A plaster version, complete with necklace, was exhibited in Paris in 1928 and a bronze cast was sold the same year. Named after the goddess of love, this sculpture epitomises Maillol's vision of feminine beauty.

August 2004

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