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Edward Baird

The Birth of Venus
Edward Baird was one of very few Scottish artists interested in Surrealism, the major European cultural movement which explored dreams and the subconscious. Although Baird was influenced by Italian Renaissance art, his Venus is a thoroughly modern woman. Not only is she slim and very self-assured, but her hair seems unnaturally blonde. In the 1930s, platinum-blonde film stars, such as Jean Harlow, drew huge box-office crowds to the cinemas. In 1932, there was even a film called 'Blonde Venus', starring the famous German actress Marlene Dietrich. Baird referred to his goddess as "a distinctly Scottish Venus". Can you work out why?
  • Credits Accepted by HM Government in lieu of inheritance tax and allocated to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art 2002
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 51.00 x 69.00 cm (framed: 76.30 x 94.10 x 7.50 cm)
© Graham Stephen/ The Artist’s Estate
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  • © Graham Stephen/ The Artist’s Estate