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Ophelia, (painting)

Artist:
West
Type:
Paintings
Exhibition Catalogs
Date:
1876
Notes:
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. [not numbered]
The companion to this picture is of the same size, and is also painted by Mr. West. It is taken from a scene in Hamlet representing Ophelia before the king and queen, who seated on the throne, appear struck with conscious guilt; the beautiful Ophelia is one of the most elegant figures we have ever seen, she is robed in white, her flaxen locks hang in loose disorder over her forehead, and down to her waist; with the left hand extended she carelessly strews around her the rue and thyme; while her eyes exhibit a wandering of mind and a delerious indecision. Yet she is mild and gentle, rage makes no part of her character, in her we contemplate the most beautiful and interesting of her sex, whose sensibility has bereaved an elegant mind of reason; and we feel inclined to sympathize in all her sorrows. In these works, the lear possesses the boldness, grandeur and dignity of a mind accustomed to command, &c. The Ophelia has all the softness and delicacy of execution which is necessary to the female character. These two paintings are in the true style of classic compositions, and, while they excite the highest respect for the talents of the artist, they reflect great Honor on the genius of our country, they are of themselves a basis for forming a good taste in our new school of art. [P. 3; see entry 04160001 for companion piece.]
The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.
Topic:
Literature--Shakespeare--Hamlet
Figure group
State of Being--Emotion--Sorrow
Occupation--Other--Aristocrat
State of Being--Illness--Insanity
Architecture--Castle
Control number:
AECI 04160002
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index

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