Venus Rising

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René Magritte

La Représentation [Representation]
The fact that female nudes shock, as well as excite viewers, is an essential part of their appeal. Magritte tackles this subject head-on. In creating this unusual work, he may have been making an ironic comment on the entire western artistic ideal of the perfect female nude. Magritte wrote in 1935 that he was "thinking of pictures which represent only a single already existing or imagined object, or part of an object, a woman's breast, for instance". Magritte cut out the painting to the contours of the woman's body and had a special, shaped frame made for it. It emphasises the strange relationship between paintings and the real world.
  • Credits Purchased 1990
  • Medium Oil on canvas laid on plywood
  • Size 48.80 x 44.50 cm (frame 54.00 x 49.20 cm)
© ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2015
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  • © ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2015