Birth of Venus, Modern
Pastel and ink
Inspired by Alexandre Cabanel's 1863 exhibit at the Salon, she is to a transom as a hand to a glove
Voluptuous women and substantial men signified prosperity not so long ago. In this adaptation of Cabanel's Birth of Venus, I represented Venus's body more in line with my own notion of healthy sufficiency. In addition to a few pounds, my Venus was also pared of the hovering Cupids seen in the original below.
Although her dimensions really were conceived to fit a transom, such a perch is hardly a necessity.
This modern Venus would catch the eye on any long wall when matted in teal and framed in teak.
|Birth of Venus by
Alexandre Cabanel, hung in the 1863 Paris Salon