In April 1913, at the urging of French art dealer Ambroise Vollard, a surprising collaboration – an artistic communion, one might say – arose between the elderly painter Renoir and the young sculptor Guino. Guino was to model sculptures based on Renoir’s drawings or paintings.
Renoir’s painting Judgment of Paris, exalting the most beautiful goddesses, has been recreated in high relief with the central figure, featured solo, becoming Venus Victorious holding the apple given to her by the shepherd Paris. The goddess is sculpted in the antique style of Renoir’s later work. Her generous curves and smooth flesh convey an earthy beauty, a tranquil presence, similar to those of Maillol’s muses. Between 1913 and 1918, Renoir and Guino would produce some twenty reliefs and sculptures in the round exclusively for Vollard.