Before abandoning our wild swan ride, I wanted to pay
a little homage to one of art's most explored and exploited mythical themes.
The erotic and aesthetic potential of this tale of passion between gods and mortals,
animal and human forms has inspired countless artists throughout history,
and has not yet lost its power of attraction.
Anatoly Arapov, 1905
Karen Knorr, The Purple Room (Leda)
Emanuel Schongut, 1980
Michael Parkes, Winter, thanks to Dark Silence in Suburbia
Jerzy Flisak, The story of sin, 1975
Sidney Nolan, 1960
Indeed, swan lore and symbolism is a very rich and fascinating
subject, worthy of deeper and wider explorations.
The nice post on Magpie and whiskeyjack is a good place to start...
Catrin Welz-Stein, The second look
Magnifique, cela me fait penser à cette autre peinture de Mickael PARKES http://iam-like-iam.blogspot.com/2007/04/un-atelierun-crateur-2.htmlReplyDelete
Thanks Vanessa. Yes, Michael Parkes has quite a few works on this and other symbolic themes featuring females and animals...ReplyDelete
funny, my last name is the german word for swan :)ReplyDelete