Saturday, November 3, 2018

01 Paintings and tales of Mermaids, with Footnotes, 5b

Frederic, Lord Leighton, 1830–1896
The Fisherman and the Syren, c. 1856–1858
Oil on canvas
66.3 × 48.7 cm (26.1 × 19.2 in)
Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery
Inspired by a poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, THE FISHERMAN

This early work both illustrated and was inspired by a poem by Goethe, which tells the story of a mermaid who rises from the waters to complain to a fisherman that he is enticing her children to death. Gradually the mermaid's own beauty lures the fisherman into the water and to oblivion. More on this painting

Frederic Leighton, 1st Baron Leighton PRA (3 December 1830 – 25 January 1896), known as Sir Frederic Leighton between 1878 and 1896, was an English painter and sculptor. His works depicted historical, biblical, and classical subject matter. Leighton was bearer of the shortest-lived peerage in history; after only one day his hereditary peerage ended with his death. More on Frederic Leighton

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