Acquired from the above by the present owner circa 1995
Vénus sans bras is a clear reflection of Maillol’s captivation with illustrating the beauty of the female form. Maillol adored the famous Venus de Milo in the Louvre all the more because it was preserved without its arms, which he thought "would add nothing to its beauty; on the contrary they would probably detract from it" (quoted in B. Lorquin, Maillol, op. cit., p. 112). According to the late Dina Vierny, who issued a certificate for this work and also owned the work for many years, Vénus sans bras was cast by the Godard foundry in an edition of six numbered bronzes, plus two artist's proofs.
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