Venus Victorious

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Venus Victorious
Venus Victris Auguste Renoir PP.jpg
Cast of Venus Victorious in the Ekebergparken Sculpture Park, Oslo.
ArtistPierre-Auguste Renoir
Yearc. 1914
Dimensions191 cm (75 in)
Weight151 kg
LocationMuseo Soumaya, Mexico City
Not to be confused with Venus Victrix by Antonio Canova.

Venus Victorious (French - Venus victorieuse; French - Venus victoriosa) is a c.1914 plaster sculpture of Venus by the French artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir, based on his image of the goddess in his painting The Judgement of Paris.[1] It shows her holding the golden apple she has just won by being judged the most beautiful of three goddesses by Paris. It is now in the Museo Soumaya in Mexico City.[2]

Renoir had advanced arthritis by the time he produced the work and so was assisted by the Catalan artist Richard Guino, recommended to him by Aristide Maillol.[3] On Renoir's death, his family and Guino's family argued over who owned the sculpture, with the former winning out. When Paul Renoir moved to Canada he took the sculpture with him - on his death his widow sold it and the last painting ever painted by Renoir at auction. On 19 September 2013 it was auctioned again, this time by the Ukrainian Institute of America to the Carlos Slim Foundation, which passed it its current owners.[2]

A bronze cast from the sculpture is now in Tate Britain.

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  1. ^ "Venus Victorious". Tate. Retrieved 2014-09-28.
  2. ^ a b (in Spanish) Miranda Márquez, Alfonso (enero de 2014). «Gran Venus victoriosa. El monumental yeso de Renoir llega al Museo Soumaya». Museo Soumaya. Consultado el 28 de septiembre de 2014.
  3. ^ (in Spanish) Marchán Fiz, Simón (2000). Summa Artis. Historia General del Arte. Vol. XXXVIII. Fin de siglo y los primeros "ismos" del XX (1890-1917). Madrid, España. ISBN 84-239-5481-1