The Collection of Douglas S. Cramer

The Collection of Douglas S. Cramer

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Jim Dine

Silver Venus

Lot Closed

December 16, 05:45 PM GMT


25,000 - 35,000 USD

Lot Details


Jim Dine

b. 1935

Silver Venus

numbered 2/6 (on the underside)

silver with stone base

27¼ by 13 by 13½ in.

69.2 by 33 by 34.3 cm.

Executed circa 1989; this example is number 2 from an edition of 6.

Pace Gallery, New York

Acquired directly from the above by the present owner in February 1990

Venus, the Roman goddess of love and beauty, occupies a coveted place in the oeuvre of Jim Dine, an artist closely associated with the Pop Art movement of the 1950s and 1960s. Over the course of his seven-decade career, Dine has developed a unique visual language through the repetition of particular subjects, including tools, robes, hearts, trees, and gates. In the early 1980s, Dine first began exploring the subject of the Venus de Milo, an important example of classical Greek sculpture widely believed to represent Aphrodite, the Greek equivalent to Venus. The present work, like all of Dine’s expressionistic interpretations of the subject, depicts the ancient muse without a head, bringing her iconic bare torso into focus. Reflecting on this dominant motif within his creative output, Dine once explained, "I have this need to connect with the past in my way, and also I'm devoted to the ideal of woman, as a figure of enchantment...When I went to the art supply store...and got a Venus de Milo figure...I was not responding to it as an object of Pop Art, or popular culture. I saw it as a timeless classical figure which held the memory of its magnificence...But then I knocked the head off of it and made it mine."