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“Circe”, John William Waterhouse - description of the painting

“Circe”, John William Waterhouse - description of the painting

Circe - John William Waterhouse. 180.7 x 87.4 cm

A beautiful picture was portrayed by artist John Waterhouse! His work is simply incomprehensible! The canvas "Circe" is written in the style of romanticism. The plot of the picture is a genre scene, mythological painting.

The talented master of the brush was attracted by ancient Greek mythology. In it, he liked beautiful and strong female images. Each interesting plot created a special creative mood.

The center of the artistic composition depicts the goddess of magic - Circe. She was a seductive and treacherous sorceress, knew how to cook various potions and conjure. The circe lived on the island of Eze, on which Odysseus moored during her travels. A woman holds a transparent bowl in her hands, from which a witching potion flows. She wants to give them Odyssey’s companions to turn them into wild pigs. Her eyes are stern and formidable. She is clearly unhappy with the arrival of unexpected guests on the island.

Another version of the picture is as follows. The circe wants to poison the water with the drug in which Scylla bathed. She does this out of jealousy, as her rival was captivated by the Commander-in-Chief, in whom she herself was in love. As a result of her act, Scylla turned into a sea monster. Circe had another Latin name, "Pickaxe."

The picture is transmitted in different colors using chiaroscuro and contrasts. It is dominated by dark green and blue colors. The woman is dressed in a long dark blue hoodie with a round ornament. The upper part of her body is naked. She stares intently into the bowl of water, passing her magic spells. The circe is standing barefoot on a sea monster, and slightly tilting the cup pours a potion into the sea. Spray scatters in different directions. Beyond it are rocks and trees. Rocks symbolize the lost Sirens, which turned into them from the opposition of the Odyssey to their charms.

The picture creates a magical secret hidden in the bowels of the plot. Now the Circe awaits the Odyssey to seduce him with its beautiful and cold charm.

The artwork gives unusual impressions, carries away into the world of myths, legends, fiction. It will look great in the home interior of the living room and study.


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