Over the course of his celebrated career, American Pop Art master Jim Dine has developed personal icons from both popular culture and well-known works of art, such as the Venus di Milo.
In The Thunder, Dine was inspired by a museum reproduction of the classical sculpture, but manipulates the shape and texture of his work in order to make it his own. The deep, brooding patina further imbues Dine’s sculpture with a stormy presence alluded to in the title. This is one of three major sculptures by the artist in the permanent collection.
Jim Dine. The Thunder, 1991–1995. Bronze, 115 x 34 x 31 inches. Gift of Fred & Lena Meijer. © Jim Dine/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York /ADAGP, Paris