An image of Australian Venus

Rayner Hoff

(United Kingdom, Australia 1894 – 1937)

Australian Venus

Location
20th & 21st c Australian art
Further information

In Hoff's artistic practice, the body became the primary metaphor for a modern Australian identity, based on the classical perfections of the ancient Greek model, and imaged as a virile product of the nation’s outdoor environment. Australian Venus exemplifies Hoff’s ‘national body’. It presents the figure as a classically fragmented yet sensualised, naturalistic form, and imbued with a sexual tension with which Hoff defined the entire path of his sculptural oeuvre.

Year
(circa 1927)
Media
Sculpture
Medium
Angaston marble
Dimensions
114.5 x 33.0 x 21.0 cm
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Gift of Mr S.H. Ervin 1938
Accession number
6549