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Chiens de Cythère (Dogs of Cythera)

Oil on canvas
77 1/2 x 117 in.

The Museum of Modern Art, New York

In Greek and Roman mythology, the island of Cythera is the birthplace of Aphrodite/Venus.  In this painting, the subject may also refer to Charles Baudelaire's darker vision of the island in his 1857 poem "Un Voyage à Cythère (A Voyage to Cythera)." 

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