William Bouguereau (1825-1905): The Oreads, 1902, Oil on

William Bouguereau (1825-1905): The Oreads, 1902, Oil on

12/17/2021, 3:57:28 PM
William Bouguereau (1825-1905): The Oreads, 1902, Oil on canvas, 236 x 182 cm, Musée d'Orsay, Paris Dating back to 1902, this Neoclassical painting is quite captivating to behold, after all it features mythological Roman and Greek nymphs and fawns/satyrs! The painting is named after mountain nymphs or Oreads, also known as Orestiads. In Greek mythology, these creatures dwell in the mountains and follow Artemis, a widely venerated ancient Greek deity. In Rome she is known as Diana. Artemis or Diana prefers to go hunting in mountains and rocky precipices, which is why the Oreads are associated with her. These nymphs basically come out in lively and joyful groups in the mountains for hunting deers, chasing wild boars and shooting down birds of prey using arrows. At the signal of Diana, they would run to join her and form a spectacular retinue behind the deity. With the arrival of dawn, these joyful band of mountain nymphs would rush back and a long procession soars up into the sky: they frolicked in the shadow of the forests during the night, and by the still waters of the river; they take to the air, watched by the astonished fauns, to return to their own realm and the ethereal regions inhabited by the gods. With this highly imaginative flight of nude female figures against the twilight landscape in the background, Bouguereau almost created a poetic feeling. No wonder, it has received so much appreciation and praise from world over! (Musée d'Orsay) 🌟(Best of 2019)🌟

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