Novelty item #666 (ozzyosbourne) wrote in simulacrums,
Novelty item #666

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Hylas and the Nymphs, John William Waterhouse, 1896

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My first "big" purchase and probably my favourite, still. Loaned currently to the Manchester if anyone wants to swing by and see it in person -- it's worth it.
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That's fucking beautiful. I wanted to say more, but my brain is fried, and I'm a little speechless.
Waterhouse was a master at his chosen subject, that's for fucking sure.
I love how their faces all reflect something different. How you can't see his reaction to them, but you get all of their reactions. He is their focus, but they are the focus of the painting. It almost begs captioning, and I don't mean in a stupid way. For example, all the way on the far right is shy, she won't look at him, hands up in a protective position, face hidden by hair. Next to her is bored, looking at something off in the distance, not impressed. Third from the right is unsure... "Oh shit, here he is, I wonder what's going to happen, oh man." *fidgets* The one that shows between the man and the woman who touches him is submissive - hello you, anything you want, but be gentle. The one all the way on the left is almost just an observer, split from the rest of the group by him so she can't even see his face. And then the one who touches him - "You're finally here." She's not scared at all; she looks at him like she knows him, and like she's been waiting for him. She's also the only one who is fully exposed and the only one who looks him in the eyes, but I think her expression says the most anyway. I like her. Your appreciation of Victorians makes me all warm and fuzzy on the inside. And be careful, or you'll turn out only being able to sing in D Minor. I can't wait until we do our gallery/symphony trip.
Mm, agreed totally. Perfect summation.

Is she dragging him in to love him or drown him, do you think? Perhaps both?
If she drowns him, it won't be in the water.
Something tells me he's more than willing to go.
Could stare at this for hours. It's really very lovely. Would say more, but I'm sure Martha said it perfectly. Then again, so did Winona. I cannot stop looking at the Nymph with her back to us, the way her hair flows in the water. I always loved watching hair move in the water.
It didn't occur to me until just now, but I finally realised why you seem so familiar to me. You remind me of one of JWW's mythic girls. His swamp Ophelia, maybe, or his Lady of Shallot. All this time wondering what it was that niggled at the back of my mind, and it's because you're hanging on the walls all around me.
You're kidding me . . . you know. That's probably, and quite possibly the best, or one of the best compliments I could have ever received. It's likely not very true, you're only terribly influenced by wonderful art. But that was lovely of you to say. There's something so unreal and lovely about these women he paints. But they could exist in some other realm. Doubt they could ever exist in this sort of world. And if they did, I wouldn't think I'd be a likely embodiment.
Tori, shut your pretty little hole. There's something unreal and lovely about you. All anyone need do is look at you. You don't have to say a word, you don't have to sing or play a single note, you don't have to do anything at all. You're absolutely beautiful, stark and on your own.
That is such a gorgeous picture...I love their expressions and the colors in it.
Agreed. The colours are brilliant, especially the flesh tones.
Wow, that's gorgeous.
I think so too.