Sappho, Charles-August Mengin

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Sappho 1877 Charles-August Mengin 1853-1933 Sappho was a Greek poet who lived around 600BC. She wrote about love, yearning and reflection, often dedicating her poems to the female pupils who studied with her on the island of Lesbos. Many stories are told about her. Mengin has chosen to paint one that says she threw herself into the sea because of unrequited love for a young man: (Still holding in that fearful leap By her loved lyre) into the deep, And dying, quenched the fatal fire At once, of both her heart and lyre (Thomas Moore, Evenings in Greece, 1826)

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

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