Artwork by Aurel Schmidt,  Three Venuses (2012)

Aurel Schmidt
Three Venuses (2012)

colour pencil on paper
signed in the lower composition
20.5 x 12.75 ins ( 52.1 x 32.4 cms ) ( sheet )

Sold for $4,130.00
Sale date: September 26th 2018

Private Collection
“Three Venuses” exemplifies the artist’s earlier practice of dense, detailed and intricate drawings with subtexts of mortality, ideals of beauty and gender norms. Three iconic art historical Venuses emerge from the swirling smoke of the extinguished candle—Titian’s “Venus of Urbino”, Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus” and Cabanel’s “Birth of Venus”—bringing the viewers’ attention to both the longevity of these icons as standards of beauty, but also the fleetingness of said youth and beauty. The extinguished candle is traditionally recognized as symbolic of memento mori—the ancient theory of reflection on one’s own mortality. Two classic themes in art history, beauty and death, are married in this baroque-like drawing, calling the viewers’ attention to the inevitability of death in the face of idealizing beauty.

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Aurel Schmidt

Aurel Schmidt was born in Kamloops, British Colombia and currently lives and works in New York. Schmidt was included in Phaidon’s Vitamin D2: New Perspectives in Drawing (2013) and has exhibited nationally and internationally, with solo exhibitions at P.P.O.W, New York; Deitch Projects, New York; and Peres Projects, Los Angeles. Schmidt was included in the 2010 Whitney Biennial and has contributed to group exhibitions at Museum Moderner Kunst Ludwig Wien, Vienna; Deste Foundation For Contemporary Art, Greece; Garage Center of Contemporary Culture, Moscow; and Saatchi Gallery, London. Aurel Schmidt is known both for the technically adept execution and autobiographical frankness of her drawings.