Location: Ásmundarsafn sculpture garden.
Ásmundur made this sculpture in plaster of Paris while living in Paris, where he had a studio at 11 Rue de Constance in Montmartre. In 1955 the sculpture was cast in bronze and erected at the Reykjalundur sanatorium north of Reykjavík.
This simple, lyrical image bears witness to the artist’s knowledge of anatomy and the traditions of proportion – although these are disrupted between the woman and child: the child appears too small in her hands, which lends the piece a supernatural overtone. The woman’s body, though weighty and massy, is also enlivened by a graceful movement, a diagonal that lies from her right foot and up through her body, focussing attention on the baby in her hands. The stylised depiction of her hair recalls ancient classical art, and this is entirely natural, for the theme, as witness the title, is an allusion to Ancient Greek mythology. Amor, with his bow and arrows, is the Roman version of the Greek god of love, Eros, said to be the son of Aphrodite (goddess of love and fertility) and Ares (god of war). In Greek myth Eros shoots his arrows to make people fall in love. In this work the relationship between the woman and the child is ambiguous; they appear to be mother and child, and hence they probably represent Aphrodite and her son Eros.