Ophelia (2021) Sold

39.4x39.4x0.8 in ~ Painting, Acrylic


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Ophelia
Inspired by Ophelia
She lies in the water singing songs, as if unaware of her danger.
Drowning in an imaginary world. Deep feelings of love for live.

John Everett Millais in 1865, by Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll)
The episode depicted is not usually seen onstage, as in Shakespeare's text it exists only in Gertrude's description. Out of her mind with grief, Ophelia has been making garlands of wildflowers. She climbs into a willow tree overhanging a brook to dangle some from its branches, and a bough breaks beneath her. She lies in the water singing songs, as if unaware of her danger ("incapable of her own distress"). Her clothes, trapping air, have allowed her to temporarily stay afloat ("Her clothes spread wide, / And, mermaid-like, awhile they bore her up."). But eventually, "her garments, heavy with their drink, / Pull'd the poor wretch from her melodious lay" down "to muddy death".

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