The Birth of Venus

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Collection: Musée d'Orsay, Paris

About Alexandre Cabanel

Alexandre Cabanel was amongst the leading academic French painters of the 19th century, along with his rival, Adolphe William Bouguereau. The influence of fellow French artist Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres and the Rococo color palette are strongly evident in Cabanel’s most iconic work, The Birth of Venus (1862). The painting, which depicts a nude Venus reclining across the surface of ocean waves and surrounded by cherubs, received significant acclaim at the 1862 Paris Salon and was purchased by Napoleon III. Cabanel also completed a number of major decorative commissions for the walls and ceilings of various Parisian hotels, villas, and, notably, the Louvre.

French, 1823-1889, Montpellier, France, based in Paris, France

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