Saturday, October 20, 2018

01 Paintings, Olympian deities, by the Old Masters, with footnotes # 27

Ivar Arosenius, (1878 - 1909)
Leda och svanorna, (Leda and the Swan), c. 1908
Watercolour on paper
8 x 11 cm.
Private collection

Leda, in Greek legend, usually believed to be the daughter of Thestius, king of Aetolia, and wife of Tyndareus, king of Lacedaemon. She was also believed to have been the mother (by Zeus, who had approached and seduced her in the form of a swan) of the other twin, Pollux, and of Helen, both of whom hatched from eggs. Variant legends gave divine parentage to both the twins and possibly also to Clytemnestra, with all three of them having hatched from the eggs of Leda, while yet other legends say that Leda bore the twins to her mortal husband, Tyndareus. Still other variants say that Leda may have hatched out Helen from an egg laid by the goddess Nemesis, who was similarly approached by Zeus in the form of a swan.The divine swan’s encounter with Leda was a subject depicted by both ancient Greek and Italian Renaissance artists; Leonardo da Vinci undertook a painting (now lost) of the theme, and Correggio’s Leda (c. 1530s) is a well-known treatment of the subject. More Leda and The Swan

Ivar Axel Henrik Arosenius (October 8, 1878 – January 2, 1909), was a Swedish painter and author of picture books. In the latter capacity he is most noted for the book Kattresan (The Cat Journey), which was published after his death. He lived in the village of Älvängen, north of Gothenburg. After his death, his house fell into disrepair and was finally demolished. He is buried at Östra kyrkogården in Gothenburg.

In Älvängen, one of the schools, Aroseniusskolan, is named after Ivar Arosenius.


Nowadays, some of Ivar Arosenius' paintings can be seen at the Museum of Art in Gothenburg. More on Ivar Arosenius




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