Mythology on Canvas (Part 5)

The Storm Spirits by Evelyn DeMorgan
The Storm Spirits by Evelyn DeMorgan

This (as well as last) week’s selections demonstrate another common theme in mythology: the spiritual personification of the elements of nature. The Storm Spirits (pictured above) again makes use of multiple objects to achieve a visual synergy. The darker cast of the painting combines well with winged forms, fabric, clouds, and mountains to bring the title to life.

NT; (c) Knightshayes Court; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation
Moonbeams by Evelyn DeMorgan NT; (c) Knightshayes Court; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

I have included Moonbeams because of its interesting visual composition. First, there is the choice of three female figures linked by their hands and by a stream of ethereal fabric. Second, the variance of position in each figure adds to the sense of visual flow. Note the curvature of the top woman’s arm around a partially lit moon leading down into a diagonal descent toward the water. Finally, the glow of the moon and clouds and the reflection of light on the water provide an almost subliminal effect while the attention is drawn to the women in the foreground. I find this a very imaginative depiction of the personification of moonlight.

Next week: a new artist.

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