"And the soul of the rose went into my blood." The Soul of

"And the soul of the rose went into my blood." The Soul of

2/15/2021, 9:57:42 PM
"And the soul of the rose went into my blood." The Soul of the Rose (1903) by John William Waterhouse (1849-1917) is based on a 19th-century poem by Lord Tennyson called Maud. Tennyson's poem describes the tragic love of a young man to Maud, a girl from a rich family. They are not meant to be together, and death and mental illness are waiting for the main characters. And this painting captures part of that poem as quoted on top of this post. The woman is smelling the rose, trying to soak up the positive associations with the smell. Whereas Waterhouse usually got the inspiration for his works from ancient tales and mythology, this work relates to a more contemporary poem. He leaves the precise meaning of the painting somewhat ambiguous, allowing each of us to interpret the work in our own way. #Art #Painting #Artwork #ArtHistory #HistoryofArt #OilPainting #OilonCanvas #BritishArt #BritishArtist #BritishPainter #Waterhouse #Poetry #Poem #Tennyson #Rose #Soul #Tragedy #Beauty #Flowers #Flower #Smell #Ambiguous

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