Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Hylas and Your Favorite Nymph
The early stages of my love of the Pre-Raphaelites was shared during my teen years by my friend Jesse. One thing he once told me he loved to do when he has friends over and he showed them the art on his walls is to ask them which of the nymphs pictured in Waterhouse's Hylas and the Nymphs was their "favorite"...the one they felt the most drawn to.
In a recent documentary about Waterhouse, it was observed that Waterhouse painted all the nymphs with one woman's face. And indeed, fellow blogger Jim reports that upon going to the exhibition in Groningen, he heard a tour group leader "ask one boy which of these beautiful young ladies did he like the best. He took a few moments, shrugged his shoulders and replied ‘They all look the same’ "
But, as Jim also puts so wonderfully, "It reminds me of people with twins who, after a while of familiarity with them, can tell them apart easily whereas somebody whose unfamiliar will struggle."
So which nymph is your favorite and why? Click on the comments to read mine, and click on the above image to see it larger so you can better choose!