Cast no. 6/ 10; cast in 1931

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Venus in a Shell I, 1930

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Gift of the Dayton Hudson Corporationexpand_more  71.9.4

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Venus, the ancient Roman goddess of love and beauty, sits upon a seashell, the traditional symbol of her birth from the waters of the sea. Matisse chose to emphasize a strong vertical accent in this sculpture, creating a pronounced sense of ascendancy that underscores the mythological theme.

Details
Title
Venus in a Shell I
Artist Life
1869–1954
Role
Artist
Accession Number
71.9.4
Catalogue Raisonne
Duthuit no. 79
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Cast no. 6/ 10; cast in 1931

© Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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