Hylas and the Nymphs, John William Waterhouse

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Hylas and the Nymphs 1896 John William Waterhouse 1849-1917 Hylas was one of the Argonauts who sailed with Jason in search of the Golden Fleece. When the adventurers harboured at an island Hylas' task was to search for fresh water for the crew. He found a gladed spring and was filling his pitcher when he was encircled by water nymphs. Hypnotically, they drew him into the watery depths and although his friends searched for him, Hylas was never seen again. In Waterhouse's hands, a myth explaining the drowning of a youth amongst sinuous lily leaves and stems, becomes an evocation of sensual female flesh, an immersion into the deadly allure of the femme fatale.

Giclee print on premium silk 240gsm paper
Paper size 560x800mm

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