Charles Shannon
The Bath of Venus 1898–1904

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Charles Shannon 1863–1937
The Bath of Venus
Date 1898–1904
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1460 x 978 mm
frame: 1804 x 1316 x 70 mm
Acquisition Presented by Francis Howard 1940
Not on display

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Shannon frequently painted the female nude and often depicted his models in water. The title deliberately takes the subject out of the present and evokes a comparison with the old masters, in this case particularly with Titian, and with the Roman sculpture that had been taken as an ideal by Titian. This Venus is posed and modelled like sculpture, but has warm colouring and a rich background of jewels and drapery. There was a revival of interest in Titian at the end of the century, inspired by the example of G.F. Watts.
Shannon was also a printmaker and designer, and with his friend Charles Ricketts founded the art magazine 'The Dial', and published art and literature at 'The Vale Press' in Chelsea.

August 2004

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