Nymphs and Satyr

Nymphs and Satyr

William-Adolphe Bouguereau, French, 1825-1905


Oil on Canvas


Three nymphs playfully drag a Satyr into a woodland pond, while a fourth calls to her companions in the distance. Satyrs—half-man, half-goat—were reputedly unable to swim. Bouguereau exhibited this painting, accompanied by a verse from the Latin poem that inspired it, at the 1873 Paris Salon. Its vaguely classical subject provided an ideal opportunity to demonstrate his skill painting the female nude from multiple viewpoints. An American collector immediately bought the work, which eventually ended up on display in the bar of New York City’s Hoffman House, where Sterling Clark first encountered it.

Read more here: http://www.clarkart.edu/Collection/6158


Is teasing considered a form of aggression?


How would the painting change if a woman was being dragged into the water by four men?


The nymphs are punishing the Satyr for spying on them. How is this scene of revenge different or similar to The Abduction of Polyxena?

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