The theme of my challenge is poetry and books inspired by art and/or art inspired by literature.
is for Ophelia
Shakespeare’s tragic heroine was a favourite subject for the Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood. J W Waterhouse painted her sitting on a log shortly before she drowned. Below is an earlier painting of Ophelia from 1889 and his final more mature version in 1910.
When down her weedy trophies and herself
Fell in the weeping brook. Her clothes spread wide,
And, mermaid-like awhile they bore her up,
Which time she chanted snatches of old lauds,
As one incapable of her own distress
Or like a creature native and endued
Unto that element. But long it could not be
Till that her garments, heavy with their drink,
Pull’d the poor wretch from her melodious lay
To muddy death.
Arthur Hughes’ painting, below, is exhibited in the Toledo Museum of Art.
But probably the most famous is Ophelia lying drowned by John Everett Millais.