Sep 26, 2008
Sep 26, 2008
Jan 9, 2012

The Judgment of Paris

The Judgment of Paris

1914

Pierre-Auguste Renoir

(French, 1841-1919)

and Ricard Guinó

(Spanish, 1890-1973)

Bronze

Overall: 74.3 x 90.2 x 17.2 cm (29 1/4 x 35 1/2 x 6 3/4 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1941.591

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Renoir collaborated with Catalan artist Ricard Guinó on a series of sculptures produced between 1913 and 1918. Born in Girona, Spain, Guinó had studied with Pablo Picasso's father in Barcelona before moving to Paris in 1910 and becoming an assistant to Aristide Maillol.

Description

This bronze relief, based on a drawing by Renoir, was modelled and cast by Ricard Guinó under Renoir’s supervision. It depicts a theme from classical mythology in which Paris of Troy was directed to give a golden apple to the fairest among three goddesses: Aphrodite, Hera, or Athena. Paris chose Aphrodite, the goddess of love, after she promised him Helen of Sparta, the most beautiful woman in the world, as a bride. Paris’ subsequent abduction of Helen sparked the Trojan War between the Greeks and the city of Troy.

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