Boreas by John William Waterhouse, 1903
x 94 cm
About the Art
style painting oil on canvas.
Boreas after the north wind in Greek mythology, the work shows a young girl in a
windswept landscape. In 1904 the Royal Academy notes described the subject as:
"In wind-blown draperies of slate-colour and blue, a girl passes through a
spring landscape accented by pink blossom and daffodils".
reappearance of Waterhouse's Boreas in the saleroom in the mid 1990s caused a
sensation as it had been lost for 90 years. Since then, the picture's
whereabouts have been unknown and it was referred to as "lost" in Anthony
Hobson's 1989 biography of Waterhouse.
Greek god of the North Wind who lived in Thrace. He is depicted as being winged,
extremely strong, bearded and normally clad in a short pleated tunic. He is the
son of Eos and Astraeus, and the brother of Zephyrus, Eurus and
has two sons, two daughters and twelve mares which can race over the ground
without destroying the grain. When the Persian navy of Xerxes threatened the
city of Athens, the Athenians begged his assistance. The Great Wind of the
Wintery North blew his anger at the Persians and 400 Persian ships sank
immediately. Among other violent acts he abducted Oreithyia, the daughter of the
king of Athens, when she was playing on the banks of the Ilissus. In Latin, he
is called Aquilo. pantheon.org
William Waterhouse (baptised 6 April 1849; died 10 February 1917) was an English
painter known for working in the Pre-Raphaelite style. He worked several decades
after the breakup of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, which had seen its heyday
in the mid-nineteenth century, leading him to have gained the moniker of "the
modern Pre-Raphaelite". Borrowing stylistic influences not only from the
earlier Pre-Raphaelites but also from his contemporaries, the Impressionists,
his artworks were known for their depictions of women from both ancient Greek
mythology and Arthurian legend.
Italy to English parents who were both painters, he later moved to London, where
he enrolled in the Royal Academy of Art. He soon began exhibiting at their
annual summer exhibitions, focusing on the creation of large canvas works
depicting scenes from the daily life and mythology of ancient Greece. Later on
in his career he came to embrace the Pre-Raphaelite style of painting despite
the fact that it had gone out of fashion in the British art scene several
not as well known as earlier Pre-Raphaelite artists such as Dante Gabriel
Rossetti, John Everett Millais and William Holman Hunt, Waterhouse's work is
currently displayed at several major British art galleries, and the Royal
Academy of Art organised a major retrospective of his work in
Waterhouse's most famous paintings is The Lady of Shalott, a study of Elaine of
Astolat, who dies of grief when Lancelot will not love her. He actually painted
three different versions of this character, in 1888, 1894, and 1916. Another of
Waterhouse's favorite subjects was Ophelia; the most famous of his paintings of
Ophelia depicts her just before her death, putting flowers in her hair as she
sits on a tree branch leaning over a lake. Waterhouse would paint Ophelia again
in 1894 and 1909 or 1910, and planned another painting in the series, called
"Ophelia in the Churchyard".
could not finish the series of Ophelia paintings because he was gravely ill with
cancer by 1915.
The Blog Tour is April .
MY APR ABS ENTRY 4/14/2012
I really enjoyed creating this piece. The painting is gorgeous and this photo reminds me of someone I have lost and hold dear to my heart. So as I sculpted I thought of her and since this is my first ever sculpture of a person I was pretty pleased with it. Every artist when they crate see something different in everything they look at, differnt feelings inspire different things. I hope you enjoy my version of this amazing painting in my focal bead of choice. A necklace that was created by me and my hands alone. My vision, my creation : I will start with the focalÂ bead of course it is the lovely woman, I sculpted my ownÂ focal bead out of polymer clay, theÂ scarf was created using my own mix of premo and secret ingredients to get the shine and texture of almost a scarf like feel and look, its so lovely up close. When I looked at the photoÂ IÂ loved that there was a touch of cherry blossoms and daffodils, not alot for the eye to see, but you can feel their presence. I wanted to addÂ the feeling ofÂ flowers surrounding her on a windy day, so I sculpted the scarf flowing around her pretty face and hair, then added aÂ lovely yellow daffodil in her hair and cherryÂ blossoms on her scarf. I know they are not on her in the photo, but when creating I just thought of her as smelling the flowers and them surrounding her, I wanted to add that touch of color and feel. I wanted to make this piece all clay since that is myÂ favorite medium to work with. I noticed in the photo a black raven, very hard to see but he is there, just to the left of her.Â So I had fun sculpting my own little raven bead. Going with the theme ofÂ clay only. I decided toÂ make theÂ necklace her landscape, the beautiful flowing treesÂ full of cherry blossoms and the pretty daffodils on theÂ ground. Since it was a necklace I choose to create, I surrounded her with the lovely things the artist did in the painting. Please remember that this is a piece of art and so may be a bitÂ much to most,Â but to me its a canvas just a wearable one. I sculpted Dafodils, leaves and stems, then added tree limbs to represent the pretty tree of cherry blossoms, sculpted leaves and cherry bossoms on the branches. Connected them all together andÂ made a toggle of polymer clay tree branch in a pretty circle, the toggle a logÂ adorned with the prettyÂ cherry blossoms that surround her. Â In the photo I saw so many beautiful things but these wereÂ these were the details that caught my eye andÂ I fell in loveÂ with. I loved putting this piece together. I did this with so much love and hope you enjoy it as much as I did creating it. Thank you for stopping by, feel free to comment and share. Happy Creating, Kimberly